Press Releases

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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September 30, 2009

More Than 40,000 In The Southern Tier Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year - Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

More Than 125,000 On Long Island Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year -- Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

Nearly 70,000 In Rochester / Finger Lakes Region Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year - Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

As Nearly 18,000 New York City Residents Face The Loss Of Unemployment Benefits, Gillibrand Pushes For Extension

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September 30, 2009

More Than 50,000 In Capital Region Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year -- Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

Nearly 90,000 Western New Yorkers Collected Unemployment Benefits This Year -- Gillibrand Pushes For Extended Benefits

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September 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $10 Million To Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority For Hybrid Buses In Buffalo

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $10,315,033 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant has been allocated to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The grant will be used to purchase hybrid buses in Buffalo to improve the city's public transit and reduce its environmental impact."This is an opportunity to save bus riders money, and help the environment all at the same time," Schumer said. "Fuel efficient, hybrid buses will … Continue Reading

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