Press Releases

November 06, 2009

Gillibrand Statement On October Unemployment Number

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November 05, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Fund Brownfields Program To Clean Up Ogdensburg Waterfront

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to provide federal funding for the City of Ogdensburg. The federal dollars from the Brownfield's Program would be used to clean up the city's waterfront area for redevelopment, specifically the former Standard Shade Roller property.In her letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "The brownfields along Ogdensburg's waterfront are currently preventing the … Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Introduce Congressional Resolution Honoring New York Yankees For Their World Series Win

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a congressional resolution honoring the New York Yankees for beating the Philadelphia Phillies and winning their 27th World Series, the most wins of any major league sports franchise. The resolution recognizes and honors the Yankees for their storied history, for their many contributions to the national pastime, and for continuing to carry the standards of character, commitment, and achievement for baseball and for the … Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Gillibrand Calls On President To Include Funding For Mid-Atlantic River Basins In Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on President Obama to include funding for the Mid-Atlantic River Basin Commissions in his budget next year. The Mid-Atlantic Basin includes the Delaware, Susquehanna and the Potomac River Basins. The federal dollars for the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley would go toward flood mitigation, recreation activities, and conservation programs."Delaware River Basin is a natural treasure - it helps make the Southern Tier … Continue Reading


November 04, 2009

At Gillibrand's Urging, NYS To Extend Public Comment Period On Marcellus Shale Drilling

Washington, DC - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, New York State today extended the public comment period on the natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale through the end of the year. Senator Gillibrand released the following statement:"I am pleased that New York State has extended the comment period on drilling in the Marcellus Shale through the end of the year. While this proposal holds tremendous … Continue Reading


November 04, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Extended Unemployment Benefits For Job Seekers, Tax Credits For First-Time Homebuyers, Assistance For Small Businesses

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November 03, 2009

Opening Statement Of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand From Today's Environment And Public Works Committee Business Meeting On The Clean Energy Jobs And American Power Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following opening statement from today's Environment and Public Works Committee business meeting on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act:"Thank you Chairwoman Boxer for your continued leadership on this most critical of issues. The legislation we are considering before us today, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, is about taking back America's energy future - putting our nation on a path to achieving energy … Continue Reading


November 01, 2009

New York Firm Recalls Over 545,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef Products That May Be Contaminated By E. Coli - Gillibrand Renews Call For Federally Mandated Testing Of All Ground Beef

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call today for federally mandated E. coli inspections of all ground beef after Fairbank Farms, a New York manufacturer of ground beef, issued a voluntary recall yesterday for a specified line of fresh ground beef products sold in eight states, including New York. According to the company, approximately 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef product produced between September 14 through September 16, 2009, may be linked to E. coli … Continue Reading


October 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $180,000 In Recovery Act Funding Act Clean Energy Initiatives In Poughkeepsie

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a total of $184,500 to Poughkeepsie in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This money will help finance the implementation of projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce energy usage and costs, create local jobs and lower carbon pollution. Poughkeepsie will use the funding to install energy … Continue Reading


October 29, 2009

Gillibrand: Western New Yorkers Have Less Than One Week To Apply For Federal Disaster Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today alerted residents and businesses in Chautauqua, Erie and Cattaraugus Counties that they have less than one week to apply for federal assistance. Western New Yorkers who suffered damage from the flooding in August must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by November 3. For a low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), applications for a Physical Loan are due by November 3 or an … Continue Reading


October 29, 2009

63 Year Old Brooklyn Vietnam Vet Harmed By Agent Orange, But Along With Thousands Of Others Ignored By Feds

New York, NY - Along with tens of thousands of Blue Water Vietnam Veterans across New York State, a Brooklyn-born vet diagnosed with leukemia years after being exposed to powerful Agent Orange toxins during his service continues to be denied health care coverage by the Veterans Administration (VA). Due to a technicality in the law, 63 year-old Bobby Condon and his fellow "Blue Water Vets" are excluded from receiving federal coverage for their illnesses because they did not serve on the ground. … Continue Reading


October 29, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Congress Set To Approve $7 Million To Protect Long Island Sound – Engine Of Recreational And Economic Activity Is In Danger Due To Years Of Pollution And Neglect

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the 2010 Interior Appropriations will include $7 million for to help clean up and restore the Long Island Sound. As the premier natural resource in the area and as an estuary of national significance, the Long Island Sound is crucial to the long-term health of the environment and local economies of Long Island and Connecticut. Each year, the Long Island Sound produces over $8 billion of economic value from … Continue Reading


October 29, 2009

Gillibrand Takes Action To Crack Down On Fraudulent Use Of First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

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October 27, 2009

Opening Statement Of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand From Today's Environment And Public Works Committee Hearing on the Clean Energy Jobs And American Power Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following opening statement from today's Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing on the on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act:"Thank you Chairman Boxer for your leadership and hard work on this very critical legislation. I'd like to recognize my Chairman from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kerry, who has joined us today, for his dedication to these issues. I'd also like to thank our witnesses … Continue Reading


October 27, 2009

In Response To NY Dairy Crisis, Gillibrand Chairs Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing On Dairy Pricing

Washington, DC - In response to the dairy crisis that is affecting New York's dairy farmers, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today chaired an Agriculture Committee Hearing on dairy pricing in Washington, DC. Senator Gillibrand presided over the hearing entitled, "Responding to Low Dairy Prices: Exploring Avenues for Federal Action," which will explore the various proposals currently being presented as a response to historically low dairy prices. The hearing will be a chance to develop … Continue Reading


October 27, 2009

Gillibrand Announces More Than $136 Million For Smart Electric Grid Funding For New York – Federal Dollars Would Lower Costs in Lower Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $136 million that will help lower energy costs for residents in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties and New York City. The federal funding will be used for an initiative by Con Edison to modernize the electric grid. The federal dollars would be allocated by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Senator Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year. The … Continue Reading


October 27, 2009

With No Cost Of Living Adjustment For 3.4 Million NY Seniors, Veterans And Disabled, Gillibrand Pushes For One-Time $250 Emergency Payment

Washington, DC - With 3.4 million New Yorkers facing no annual cost of living increase from the Social Security Administration next year, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today pushed for legislation that would issue direct emergency payments of $250 to seniors, veterans and people with disabilities to help them afford basic necessities and stimulate the economy. Cost of living adjustments are tied to the Consumer Price Index, which declined this year because of the economic downturn. As a … Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge CDC To Increase Communication With State And Local Officials About Distributing H1N1 Vaccine, As Local Governments Express Concern About Availability

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase communication to local municipalities regarding the distribution of the H1N1 influenza vaccine. The Senators said that increased communication would improve the necessary, coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local governments in influenza preparedness. The call comes after Schumer and Gillibrand have received many inquiries expressing … Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hinchey, Hall Announce West Point 76 Study Will Be Cancelled; Move Will Save Hundreds Of Jobs At West Point And Taxpayer Money

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and John Hall announced that a West Point study that was proven to be flawed and ineffective will be cancelled, preventing the loss of hundreds of federal jobs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and saving taxpayers money. The study, referred to as an A-76 study, is currently used to compare the use of private versus public employees to ensure that the government does not … Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Cheesesteaks for Cheesecakes: New York and Pennsylvania Senators Wager on Yankees-Phillies World Series

With the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies set to begin the World Series Wednesday night in New York, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that they have made a bet on the outcome of the series. The winners of the bet will receive a supply of delicacies from the loser's home state, cheesesteaks from Philadelphia or Junior's cheesecakes from New York."I give Senators Specter and Casey … Continue Reading

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