Press Releases

January 06, 2010

Gillibrand To Feds: Extend Deadline To Recycle Clunkers

Washington, DC - To give scrap yards the time they need to properly recycle vehicles that were traded in during this summer's successful Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) "Cash for Clunkers" program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to extend by an additional 90 days the original 6-month deadline to destroy traded-in vehicles. Scrap yards were inundated with trade-ins as a result of the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program and are … Continue Reading


January 05, 2010

Gillibrand Praises Cuomo For Joining Effort To Stop Spread Of Asian Carp

Washington, D.C. - With New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo joining the legal effort to block the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the Attorney General for his effort to prevent the spread of the invasive species into New York waterways. Attorney General Cuomo is joining the Attorneys General of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio in supporting the Michigan Attorney General's request of an injunction to close a Chicago canal connecting … Continue Reading


January 05, 2010

Gillibrand Makes Direct Appeal To National Grid USA: Don’t Outsource New York Jobs

Washington, DC - With National Grid USA considering outsourcing much of its Northeast operations that would result in significant job losses across New York State, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stepped in and urged National Grid to reconsider plans and keep these jobs in New York. According to recent news reports, National Grid is considering outsourcing much of its information services work, including software programming, computer networking and other functions. According to the … Continue Reading


December 24, 2009

Gillibrand Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform: “A Historic Christmas”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement on the passage of health care reform legislation: "Today is a great day for New York families. There are 2.7 million New Yorkers who are now one step closer to getting affordable, quality health care coverage, which will also reduce the hidden tax to New York for caring for the uninsured. Now, that is a historic Christmas. "This legislation will provide coverage to 31 million uninsured people across the country … Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Support Proposal To Construct Home For Veterans In Canandaigua

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support a proposal to repurpose an existing VA building on Canandaigua into a veteran's home. "New York is home to more than one million men and women who have answered our nation's call and served with distinction in our Armed Forces," Senator Gillibrand said. "When these brave men and women return home to the country they served, we must deliver on our promise to them, including … Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

Gillibrand, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand and a bipartisan group of her colleagues introduced a bill to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2009 was co-sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mark Udall (D-CO). The bill is in response to pleas the Senators have heard from small … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Congressional Passage For $1.6 Million For Vaccine Program At Trudeau Institute

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final congressional passage for the Department of Defense appropriations bill which includes $1.6 million for Saranac Lake's Trudeau Institute. The funding would be used to research the impact and efficacy of combining influenza vaccinations with antiviral prophylaxis. Former Congressman John McHugh helped secure this Defense funding while he was in the House. "This is great news for the Trudeau Institute in Saranac … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hinchey Announce Final Congressional Passage For $4 Million For Binghamton University

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey today announced final congressional passage for the Department of Defense appropriations bill which includes $4 million for the University of Binghamton's Center for Autonomous Solar Power. The funding would be used to research and develop new materials to improve the power density and energy density of ultracapacitors to help promote the use of alternative energies. "This is terrific news for Binghamton … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Final Congressional Passage For $6.4 Million For Watervliet Arsenal

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December 18, 2009

Gillibrand, Feingold Fight For Jobs Assistance For Farmers And Rural Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are leading a Senate effort to ensure farmers and rural businesses have access to the same assistance provided to small businesses by the administration's jobs creation proposals. In a letter to President Barack Obama today, Feingold, Gillibrand and eleven other senators called on the administration to ensure farmers and rural businesses are a part of outreach and implementation of any jobs proposals since … Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

USDA Uses Gillibrand Model To Distribute Direct Payments To New York Dairy Farmers

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adhered closely to the formula in U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's model legislation to distribute emergency assistance funds to dairy farmers. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Family Dairy Preservation Act this summer to provide emergency funding to small, family farms like those in New York. This fall, Senator Gillibrand helped secure $350 million for the USDA to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis in … Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Final Congressional Passage For $200,000 For Monroe County Department Of Public Safety

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December 17, 2009

Gillibrand Introduces Gas Turbine Efficiency Legislation

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December 15, 2009

With Dropping Temperatures And Rising Energy Costs, Gillibrand Helps Secure $5.1 Billion For Home Heating Assistance

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December 15, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop, Israel, King, Mccarthy, Meeks, Weiner Urge President Obama To Grant Federal Disaster Declaration For New York Beaches Devastated By Recent Storms

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December 15, 2009

Gillibrand, McMahon Announce $600,000 In Federal Funds Confirmed For Staten Island University Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Michael McMahon announced today that both Houses of Congress passed the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, including $600,000 in federal funds to complete Phase II of Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) Emergency Room Construction Project. Senator Gillibrand said, "It is critical that we invest in a state-of-the art emergency facility at Staten Island Hospital to help hundreds of thousands of families and children. Federal … Continue Reading


December 15, 2009

With Safety Standards At Fast Food Chains Surpassing School Meals, Gillibrand Urges Usda To Enforce Tougher Meat Testing Requirements

Washington, DC - With safety standards at fast food restaurants surpassing testing measures for school meals, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New York Senator to sit on the Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enforce tougher testing requirements and higher benchmarks for the 100 million plus pounds of beef served in school cafeterias each year. Senator Gillibrand also urged the USDA to cut off contracts with vendors that … Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage Of $600,000 For Suffolk County Highway Improvements

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December 14, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Congressional Passage For $500,000 For University At Albany’s College Of Nanoscience And Engineering

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that both houses of Congress have passed the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill which includes $500,000 for the University at Albany's College of Nanoscience and Engineering. The funding was included as part of the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill passed the House last week and the Senate over the weekend and now awaits the President's signature. "It is critical that we continue to support the groundbreaking … Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage Of Nearly $350,000 For Rochester Revitalization Project

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