Press Releases

January 20, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Opening Statement for Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Yemen

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following opening statement from today's Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Yemen: Confronting Al-Qaeda, Preventing State Failure: "I appreciate Chairman Kerry convening this critical hearing on the first full day that the Senate begins its new session. The attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on December 25was a chilling reminder of the looming threats facing our country. I want to welcome our administration and … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

In Wake Of Haiti Earthquake, Gillibrand Presses Feds To Help Orphaned Children, Prioritize Orphanages In Haiti For Assistance, And Ensure Haitian American Families Fleeing Island Can Leave With Their Children

Washington, DC - In the wake of last week's earthquake in Haiti, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today pressed the State Department to help orphaned children, prioritize orphanages in Haiti for assistance, and ensure Haitian-American parents fleeing the island can leave with their children. Prior to last week's disaster, there were approximately 20,000 children living in Haiti's 187 licensed orphanages, and the U.N. estimates there was a total of 380,000 orphans. Adoption Of Orphaned … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

Gillibrand, Maloney, Liu Announce Effort To Help Main Street By Cutting Taxes For Businesses That Create New Jobs

Queens, NY - Standing in a small business center located at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and New York City Comptroller John Liu were joined today by business owners to announce new federal legislation to help Main Street by cutting taxes for businesses that create new jobs. Senator Gillibrand is working to include the legislation as part of an upcoming jobs bill the Senate is expected to consider. With the U.S. now two … Continue Reading


January 18, 2010

Prepared Remarks Of Senator Gillibrand: Commemorating The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

New York, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered the following remarks in New York City to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: I am thankful for the Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network. You are doing important work bringing voice to people and communities who are underserved. I am so thankful to be here to honor the memory, the life, and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. As we honor Dr. King today, we must look at ways to continue his … Continue Reading


January 15, 2010

Gillibrand Praises Obama Administration For Announcing Temporary Protected Status To Haitians

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 18 of her Senate colleagues, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced temporary protected status for Haitians now living in America. Senator Gillibrand made her case to the President the morning after a record-breaking earthquake devastated the capital city of Haiti. "The extreme loss of life that many are expecting from the disaster in Haiti is heartbreaking and tragic," Senator Gillibrand said. "My … Continue Reading


January 15, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For The University of Rochester For Research Into Next Generation Lighting

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the University of Rochester has been awarded $1,239,071 through the Department of Energy's solid-state lighting (SLL) awards. These awards are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will provide for research, development and deployment for SLL technologies. The University of Rochester will gain access to funds specified for Core Technology Research, which will advance the technical … Continue Reading


January 14, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand To Introduce New Legislation To Temporarily Waive Tax Deduction Limits On All Charitable Contributions For Haitian Relief Efforts – Would Provide Immediate Boost To Donations

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they will introduce legislation to temporarily halt certain tax rules in order to encourage and increase charitable contributions for Haitian relief efforts. Under current law, a taxpayer can only take a deduction for up to 50 percent of one's income in a certain year, meaning a person cannot pay no taxes by giving away all of their income in a given year, and a corporation can only donate 10 percent of its income. … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Gillibrand To Obama: Grant Temporary Protected Status To Haitians

Washington, D.C. - After a 7.0 earth quake devastated Haiti's capital city, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today offered her thoughts and prayers for families who lost loved ones in the record-breaking earth quake, and renewed her call to the Obama Administration to grant temporary protected status for Haitians who fled to America because of past violence and disaster. Senator Gillibrand today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to grant the temporary protected status of Haitians … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2 Million In Economic Recovery Act Funding For Clean Energy Initiatives In Erie County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $2,903,000 to Erie County in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These funds are awarded to help communities improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create green jobs locally. Throughout the program's implementation, DOE will provide strong … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $3.5 Million In Economic Recovery Act Funding For Clean Energy Initiatives In Orange County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a total of $3,516,700 to Orange County in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This money will help finance upgrades to buildings that will increase energy efficiency, reduce energy usage and costs, create local jobs and lower carbon pollution. "There is nothing better than boosting the clean energy … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Rochester Employment And Training Center Will Get Access To $8 Million For Green Job Training

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that PathStone Corporation of Rochester will gain access to $8 million over two years through the U.S. Department of Labor's Green for Gold project to help individuals find jobs within energy efficiency and clean energy sub-sectors. Funding for the Green for Gold project will be provided by the Pathways Out of Poverty Grants Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will fund both green job … Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Syracuse Employment And Training Center Will Get Access To Over $3 Million For Green Job Training

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that CNY Works, Inc will gain access to $3,715,931 through the U.S. Department of Labor's CNY's eCuse program to help individuals find jobs within energy efficiency and clean energy sub-sectors. Funding for the CNY's eCuse program project will be provided by the Pathways Out of Poverty Grants Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will fund both green job training and evaluation projects. The … Continue Reading


January 12, 2010

With Looming International Trade Agreement, Gillibrand Stands Up For New York Dairy Farmers

Washington, DC - As the Obama Administration moves forward on creating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that could potentially include more dairy imports from New Zealand, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the White House to consider New York and America's own reeling dairy economy before outsourcing any dairy needs to other countries. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "As the representative of a major dairy producing state, I … Continue Reading


January 11, 2010

Gillibrand Praises City Plan To Cut Salt: NYC Inspires Nation To Combat Obesity, Promote Healthier Choices

Washington, D.C. - As New York City officials unveil a plan to encourage food manufacturers and restaurants across the country to cut down on the amount of salt they use, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the city's efforts to promote healthier food choices. Senator Gillibrand is a leading cosponsor of the MEAL Act - legislation to require chain restaurants to follow New York City's lead and post calorie information on menus nationwide. "New York city's plan to reduce salt content … Continue Reading


January 10, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs – Urges Senate Leaders To Include In Upcoming Jobs Package

Huntington, New York - At the Bethpage Federal Credit Union on Long Island, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand announced bipartisan legislation to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2009 would increase access to credit union loans. By law, credit unions are required to limit member business lending to 12.25 percent of the credit union's total assets. Senator Gillibrand's bill would raise that cap to 25 … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Call On ITC To Give GE A Fair Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined Rep. Paul Tonko today in calling on the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the sale of wind turbines made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in the United States, if the Commission affirms the administrative law judge's initial decision that MHI infringed on patents held by GE. Sens. Schumer & Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko sent a letter to ITC Chairman Shara Aranoff, Vice Chairman Daniel … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.2 Million In Economic Recovery Act Funding For Emergency Food And Shelter Program Across Upstate New York, Funds Will Help People In Need Of Assistance

In midst of brutal cold weather, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $4,243,584 for counties across Upstate New York for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million To Build New Fort Drum Connector Road

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help build a new four-lane divided highway from I-81 to the main gate of Fort Drum. "These projects are a win-win for Fort Drum and Watertown that will bring greater investment to the area and spur job growth," said Senator Schumer. "By investing these federal dollars in a new connector road we will ensure Fort Drum is adequately … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On White House Review Of Attempted Christmas Day Terrorist Attack

Washington, D.C. - In response to the White House's review of the December 25, 2009 attempted terrorist attack, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement. "President Obama is showing strong leadership by quickly undertaking a comprehensive review and taking full responsibility for our nation's security. Efforts to strengthen passenger screening and reform the watch-lists are urgently needed. But we cannot let up. We must make sure that the right information is … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Erie County Steelworkers Will Get Access To More Than $4.5 Million To Update Skills For The New Energy Economy

Washington, D.C. - With nearly one-quarter of New York's once thriving manufacturing base now gone, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that laid-off Erie County steelworkers will have access to more than $4.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help retrain them with new skills they need to find new jobs and thrive in the new energy economy. Dislocated steelworkers in Western New York will be able to take advantage of the … Continue Reading

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