Press Releases

July 13, 2011

Gillibrand Introduces New Measure To Improve Funding For Border Infrastructure Projects In NYS

Washington, D.C. - As Congress begins debate on the National Transportation Reauthorization, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced legislation with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to improve and offer more flexibility to the Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) Program, which authorizes funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure projects in border regions. Senator Gillibrand's measure would … Continue Reading

July 12, 2011

With High Unemployment Among Recent Vets, Gillibrand Announces New Push To Equip Returning Troops With Job Training

Washington, D.C. - With 13.3 percent of recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unemployed across New York State as of June 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is making a new push to pass the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, legislation that would equip all returning U.S. troops with critical job-skills training and ensure more job opportunities for veterans. The legislation seeks … Continue Reading

July 10, 2011

With High Unemployment Rate Among Young Vets, Gillibrand Joined By NYC Vets Announces New Push To Equip Returning Troops With Job Training Skills

New York, NY - With more than 20% of young veterans nationwide unemployed after returning home, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was joined by a group of New York City veterans today in Manhattan to announce a new legislative push for passage of the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 this year to help create more job opportunities for our veterans. Among other measures, the legislation seeks to help create new jobs for returning veterans through … Continue Reading

July 08, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Full Funding For Law Enforcement And Crime Prevention Program

Washington D.C. - With local government budgets across New York hit hard during the economic downturn, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate Leaders to fully fund the Byrne Competitive Grants Program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2009, organizations in New York received $19.4 million in grants for the continuation or establishment of crime prevention programs. In her letter to the Appropriations Committee, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "Many local agencies have to make … Continue Reading

July 07, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds Senate Hearing To Begin Repeal Of “Defense Of Marriage Act”

Washington, D.C. - As Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announces he will hold the first-ever hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the coming weeks, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I applaud Chairman Leahy for holding this important hearing to end the discrimination that is currently enshrined into U.S. law. "Marriage is the true foundation for strong … Continue Reading

July 07, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Secure Second Inspector For Beech-Nut

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has granted approval for a second food safety inspector for the Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation, which could help the Capital Region business that makes nutritious infant and toddler food grow by as much as 20-percent this year. Beech-Nut needs to hire a second, part-time inspector at their … Continue Reading

July 06, 2011

Hinchey and Gillibrand Reintroduce Bill to Study if Hudson River Valley Should Be National Park Service Unit

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have reintroduced legislation to authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study on whether the Hudson River Valley should become a unit of the National Park system. Under such a distinction, the region would benefit from greater national attention, additional federal resources to support and preserve heritage sites, and increased regional tourism, all of which would contribute to job creation … Continue Reading

July 06, 2011

To Move Budget Debate Forward, Gillibrand Urges Colleagues To Choose Tax Breaks That Create Jobs Over Tax Breaks For Millionaires

Washington, D.C. - Making job creation her top priority in the debate over the federal budget, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging her colleagues to pass legislation that cuts taxes for businesses that create jobs while ending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires that America cannot afford. Ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans would provide approximately $22 in savings billion each year for U.S. taxpayers. Senator Gillibrand is co-sponsoring a resolution that states … Continue Reading

July 05, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Plattsburgh International Airport Set To Receive Over $1.4 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Runway Rehabilitation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Plattsburgh International Airport is set to receive $1,425,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will be used to replace the incandescent lights with LED lights along the edge of taxiway Alpha. The existing system is over 30 years old and this rehabilitation will enhance safe airfield operations. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to … Continue Reading

July 05, 2011

At Orange County Business Accelerator, Gillibrand Announces “Made In America” Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing For New York

New Windsor, NY. - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading

July 01, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds 9/11 Health Bill Going Into Effect

New York, NY - With the health care programs under the 9/11 health bill going into effect today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement: "Today marks an historic day where the new World Trade Center Health Program officially begins, allowing the city's 9/11 health clinics and hospitals to continue to help monitor and treat thousands of 9/11 heroes and survivors who are suffering. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act fulfills our moral obligation … Continue Reading

July 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Over $1.1 Million In Trade Adjustment Assistance For Binghamton University Research Foundation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $1.1 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funds for the New York State Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NYSTAAC) administered by the Binghamton University Research Foundation to help New York businesses remain competitive in the global economy. "This is a great investment for our high-tech sector in Binghamton and throughout the state," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will support research … Continue Reading

June 30, 2011

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Designate Woodlawn Cemetery As National Historic Landmark

Bronx, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx - recognized internationally as the resting place of many renowned Americans-as a National Historic Landmark. Since last year, Senator Gillibrand urged Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar to designate the site as a National Historic Landmark. Senator Gillibrand said, "This is great news. Woodlawn Cemetery's importance is … Continue Reading

June 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $123,400 Federal Fire Grant For New York Fire Patrol

Staten Island, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $123,460 dollars in federal funding for the New York Fire Patrol, Inc. (NYFP) to provide comprehensive fire prevention training, safety education, home safety inspections, and smoke alarm installations for Staten Island families, particularly seniors and children. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "Our firefighters put their … Continue Reading

June 30, 2011

Gillibrand Welcomes Streamlined Plan For Peace Bridge Plaza

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today supporting the new streamlined development plans for Peace Bridge Plaza: "I am pleased that discussions of a smaller plaza concept are underway. Allowing for pre-screening of truck traffic along the Canadian border is a significant step forward in encouraging the growth of cross-border commerce and increasing economic opportunity for Western New York businesses. A smaller plaza will reduce the cost while … Continue Reading

June 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.1 Million For New Access Road At Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,137,321 in Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The DOT grant will fund construction to rehabilitate an access road to the airport. "This is great news for passengers that use Buffalo Niagara International," said Senator Schumer. "With this investment, the airport can make roadway renovations that will ensure the smooth operation of the facility and … Continue Reading

June 29, 2011

13 Senators Team Up To Reassure LGBT Youth That “It Gets Better”

Washington, D.C. - Thirteen United States Senators have teamed up to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people not to give up, reassuring them in a video released Wednesday that they are working hard in the Senate to fulfill the promise of equality for all. The video is part of the It Gets Better Project (, which was founded last year after a series of tragic suicides by LGBT youth who were bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1 Million For Lt. Warren Eaton Airport In Norwich

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $1,156,800 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Lt. Warren Eaton Airport in Norwich. The funds will be used for runway rehabilitation construction. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Lt. Warren Eaton Airport every day," said Senator Schumer. "With this funding, the airport can make runway renovations that will ensure passenger safety and … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Pryor, CPSC, Consumer Advocates Applaud Strong Crib Safety Standards To Prevent Infant Deaths And Injuries

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Commissioner Robert Adler from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today joined consumer advocates in applauding the first day that tough new federal standards for cribs go into effect. The new, mandatory standards will stop the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs. In addition, the standard requires stronger mattress supports, more durable hardware and rigorous safety testing. The … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Tonko Urge Feds To Approve New Food Safety Inspector At Beech-Nut To Help Grow Business

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko are urging the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to grant approval for a second food safety inspector for Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation- a move that could help the thriving Capital Region business that makes nutritious infant and toddler food grow by as much as 20 percent this year. To meet the growing demand for Beech-Nut's products, the business needs to hire a second, part-time inspector at … Continue Reading

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