Press Releases

October 09, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3.5 Million Coming To Hudson Valley Community College For Solar Energy Installation Training

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy will receive $3,497,595 from the Department of Energy. The grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be used to provide training to the Northeast Solar Workforce Training Project. It is intended to address the critical need in New York for qualified energy system installers."As President Obama saw first-hand when he visited … Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

30 Senators Sign Letter Urging Inclusion Of Public Option In Final Health Reform Legislation

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October 09, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Oppose Global Listing That Would Crush Long Island's Commercial Fishing Exports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the federal government to oppose a global listing that would crush Long Island's commercial fishing exports. An upcoming international meeting will include discussions on classifying the spiny dogfish as an endangered species due to trade. However, the U.S. has operated its fishing industry with catch caps that have prevented the spiny dogfish depletion seen in other countries. Senator Gillibrand expressed opposition to … Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $350 Million to Help Dairy Farmers Reeling from Crisis Passes Full Senate as Part of Agriculture Appropriations Bill - $290 Million will be in Direct Payments to Farmers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision allocating $350 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis has passed today as part of the Senate's Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the House with an identical provision yesterday. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand aggressively lobbied their colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate to include the … Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Gillibrand, Bishop Call for Delay of Plum Island Sale – Urge Local Input in Process

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October 07, 2009

Gillibrand Condemns Libyan Request to Convene UN Security Council Over Goldstone Report

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October 07, 2009

Gillibrand Secures an Additional $4 Million in Homeland Security Money for Nonprofits and Commercial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that an additional $4 million dollars in federal anti-terror funding to help safeguard civil, religious and community institutions from terrorist attack will be included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, for a total of $19 million in federal resources. Gillibrand requested the additional funds for The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) non-profit program immediately after a bomb plot targeting … Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

Senator Gillibrand to Showcase New York Food and Farms at the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that she will host the eighth annual "New York Farm Day" on Wednesday, October 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Senate Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Building in Washington D.C. Senator Gillibrand has invited producers of New York's award-winning wines, farm-fresh products and fresh seafood, as well as leading restaurateurs to travel to Washington to showcase the quality and diversity of New York's agriculture, and its … Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

Gillibrand, Bishop Take Action To Keep Black Sea Bass Fishery Open Off Long Island

Washington, DC - In an effort to keep Long Island's recreational fishing and boating industry open for business, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop today took action to stop the National Marine Fisheries Services' (NMFS) decision to close the recreational black sea bass fishery. In a letter to James W. Balsieger, Ph.D., Acting-Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the NMFS, Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Bishop outlined the stark economic impact the … Continue Reading


October 05, 2009

New Numbers Show 1 In 91 Children Suffer from Autism – Gillibrand Renews Call for Quality, Affordable Autism Treatment for Families

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October 02, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Funding For Northern Border Regional Commission To Help Spark Rural Renewable Energy Opportunities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in the final Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The Senate-passed bill did not allocate any funding to the Commission and the senators pushed for money to be allocated in the final package. The funding would help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed areas of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and … Continue Reading


October 02, 2009

With Roughly 700 Miles Of Coastline On The Great Lakes, Schumer And Gillibrand Call For $475 Million For Great Lakes Restoration In Final Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined with their Great Lakes colleagues this week to call for $475 million for the Great Lakes in the combined Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The Senate version of the legislation only included $400 million, whereas the house version has $475 million. Schumer and Gillibrand are urging the conference committee tasked with … Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

Gillibrand Continues Efforts To Address Nursing Shortage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing new legislation this week to address the nursing shortage in New York and across the country. According to a Gillibrand report in May, New York State will need nearly 106,000 additional nurses by 2020. Senator Gillibrand joined the Medicare Graduate Nurses Education Act, which would help expand the nurse workforce and vocational nursing faculty by making Medicare reimbursement funds available to teaching hospitals. "As we … Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $350 Million To Help Dairy Farmers Reeling From Crisis In Final Agriculture Appropriations Bill - $290 Million Will Be In Direct Payment To Farmers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $350 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis in the final Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand aggressively lobbied their colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate to include the provision in the final legislation. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont authored the measure that was included in only the … Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Fight To Boost Federal Funding To Protect Long Island Sound – Engine Of Recreational, Economic Activity Is In Danger Due To Years Of Pollution And Neglect

As the Senate Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies works toward a conference with the House of Representatives in the FY10 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the subcommittee to maintain the $15 million allocated in the House-passed bill for the Long Island Sound Study. The Senate-passed bill only allocated $3 million. As the premier natural resource in the area and as an … Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Massa Announce FEMA To Expand Disaster Declaration To Allegany County In Wake Of Severe August Storms – Will Release Funds To Pay For Repairs

Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Eric Massa applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for granting aid in the form of Public Assistance to Allegany County after severe summer storms caused significant damage to the area. Public Assistance provides aid to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work."This critical assistance is coming just in time for Allegany County after public … Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Gillibrand-Nadler “Green Taxis” Legislation Would Allow All Hybrid Taxi Fleet In New York City, Other Major Cities

Washington, D.C. - After losing the battle in federal court in late 2008, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and other major cities across the country would be able to create an all hybrid taxi cab fleet under legislation that will be introduced Thursday by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House of Representatives. Senator Gillibrand also announced today that the Green Taxis Act of 2009 will be included as part of sweeping, … Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

More Than 90,000 In The Hudson Valley Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year - Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

More Than 50,000 Central New Yorkers Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year - Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

More Than 25,000 In The North Country Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year -- Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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