Press Releases

December 08, 2009

Gillibrand Praises Obama For Supporting New Tax Cut For Small Businesses To Encourage Hiring

Washington, DC - In an economic address today, President Obama called for a new tax cut for small businesses to encourage hiring in 2010. Last week, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spearheaded a letter to the President asking him to propose a tax credit for businesses that create new jobs. Senator Gillibrand is currently working on crafting legislation that would establish a new job creation tax credit to incentivize hiring as early as January 1, 2010. Senator Gillibrand released the … Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge USDA To Buy Concord Grapes Juice For Distribution To Needy Americans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use Section 32 funds to purchase concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes used to make Concord juice. Grape growers in New York are especially concerned because sales of this year's crop are well below expectations, contributing to this surplus and further depressing the price they … Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Secures Social Security Check For 80 Year-Old Albany Resident After Benefits Snafu

Albany, NY - An 80 year-old Albany resident finally received over $11,000 in Social Security payments that she was owed after her retirement benefits lapsed for over half a year. Senator Gillibrand helped secure the funds, which came weeks before her 81st birthday on December 15th. Ms. Claire Geller-Kolchetski said, "I jumped for joy when I received the check. I've worked my whole life and it felt unjust that I was owed so much money and did not see a penny of it. This was a pleasant surprise … Continue Reading


December 03, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge State To Request Immediate Federal Disaster Declaration For Long Island Beaches Devastated By Recent Storms; Senators Pledge Support For Efforts

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December 02, 2009

With 850,000 New Yorkers Out Of Work, Gillibrand Calls For Tax Credit For Businesses That Create New Jobs

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December 02, 2009

With 10.2 Percent Unemployment Nationwide, Senators Gillibrand, Feingold, Casey, Levin, Lieberman, Stabenow, Shaheen Call For Tax Credit For Businesses That Create New Jobs

Washington, DC - With the U.S. nearly two years into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and 10.2 percent unemployment nationwide, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called for a tax credit for businesses that create new jobs. Ahead of Thursday's White House Job Summit, the Senators urged President Obama to propose a job creation tax … Continue Reading


November 30, 2009

Public Health Leaders Endorse New Gillibrand Legislation to Combat Childhood Asthma

Washington, D.C. - Today top health authorities in New York and across the country are endorsing legislation authored by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that would provide $100 million to help schools develop asthma management plans, and make inhalers and spacers available at school when needed. The Asthma in Schools Act, which will be introduced this week, is part of Senator Gillibrand's comprehensive plan to provide tools needed to fight childhood asthma. According to estimates by Senator … Continue Reading


November 30, 2009

As Congress Looks to New Job Creation Legislation, Senators Ask Obama and Reid to Consider Solar Manufacturing Bill

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November 25, 2009

Kerry, Gillibrand, Shaheen, Boxer, and Cardin Mark International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

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November 24, 2009

Arm In Arm With Anti-Crime Leaders, Gillibrand And McCarthy Announce Federal Measure To Crackdown On Illegal Guns

New York, NY - Joined by some of the nation's top anti-crime leaders, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Carolyn McCarthy today announced a new measure authored by Gillibrand and McCarthy aimed at eliminating the steady flow of illegal guns into New York. Nearly 90 percent of the guns used in gun crimes in New York City come from out of state, and approximately 90 percent of these guns are illegal. Standing alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, … Continue Reading


November 24, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.22 Million in Recovery Act Funding Coming to Erie County for Child and Family Services

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start and Early Head Start Expansion Program, funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will direct a total of $1,221,558 to the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, the better they perform in school later in life. Giving children a chance … Continue Reading


November 24, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4 Million Coming to Astor Services for Children and Families To Support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services has allocated a total of $4,023,069 to Astor Services for Children & Families for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Dutchess County as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For the past 30 years, Astor Services for Children & Families has been a leader in providing early children development programs in New York. The … Continue Reading


November 23, 2009

Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Maffei Fight To Keep Central New York Post Offices Open

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November 23, 2009

With 5 Million Americans Suffering From Alzheimer’s, Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To Improve Patient Care And Caregiver Support

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November 23, 2009

Gillibrand Praises Senate Health Care Vote

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November 20, 2009

Gillibrand Urges USDA To Immediately Distribute Emergency Assistance To Dairy Farmers In A Way That Helps Small, Family Farms In NY

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New York Senator to serve on the Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act quickly to distribute emergency assistance funds to dairy farmers based on a formula she has proposed, which would provide more funding to 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 … Continue Reading


November 19, 2009

Gillibrand Introduces First Ever Legislation To Federally Mandate E. Coli Testing Of All Ground Beef

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New York senator to sit on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, announced today the introduction of the E. coli Eradication Act - legislation she authored that would for the first time federally mandate testing of all ground beef for E. coli. The annual number of national recalls of ground beef and other beef products contaminated with E. coli is in the double digits - at least a dozen so far this year. During a 2008 … Continue Reading


November 19, 2009

Gillibrand Calls on Feds to Provide Loan for Syracuse Electric Car Company

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Department of Energy to approve a loan for Bannon Automotive to develop an electric car manufacturing facility in Syracuse, New York. The production and sale of these multiple alternative battery electric cars will help curb carbon emissions and could lead to the creation of 250 jobs in Central New York as part of the manufacturing operation.In her letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "We have an … Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.7 Million Coming to Village of Fort Plain for Water Infrastructure Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the USDA will provide a total of $1,728,725 to Fort Plain through the Rural Development Water and Environmental Program, funded by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. $1,357,000 will be given in the form of a loan, and $371,725 will be a direct grant for water system improvement. "This is great news for Fort Plain. The Village was hit hard by the 2006 flood and their water system infrastructure was … Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Approval of $84.5 Million in Military Construction Funding for Fort Drum

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes a total of $84.5 million for projects at Fort Drum.Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate, it will go into conference with the House version before going back to the Senate and House and on to the President. "Fort Drum is a fast growing base and this funding will vastly … Continue Reading

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