Press Releases

March 20, 2009

With $5 Million Available to Make Food Stamps More Accessible, Senator Gillibrand Urges New York Organizations to Apply for Funding

Washington, D.C. - With $5 million available to make the Food Stamp program more accessible, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged New York organizations to apply for federal funding. She offered assistance to groups who apply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The deadline for applications is June 11. "During these tough economic times, families across New York need access to the tools to keep their families afloat," said Senator Gillibrand. "By participating in the … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Takes Action to Combat Heart Disease for Women

Washington, D.C. - To fight the number-one killer among women in America, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today co-signed the Heart disease Education, Analysis and Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act. The HEART for Women Act will help raise awareness about the risks, prevention and treatment for heart disease, provide gender and race-specific information for clinicians and researchers, and expand access to heart disease and stroke screenings for low-income women."We have a … Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Meets With Pastor Charlie Muller

Washington, D.C. -- New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met today with Pastor Charlie Muller from the Victory Christian Church in Albany. Pastor Muller was selected for the FBI's Director's Community Leadership Award for his leadership of the Albany County handgun buyback program. Senator Gillibrand congratulated him and thanked him for his service in inner-city Albany. "Pastor Muller has played an active role in keeping Albany safe," said Senator Gillibrand. "All New York children should … Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Encourages Energy Secretary to Visit Rochester for Environmental Symposium

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today encouraged U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to attend the Rochester Business Journal, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology's 2nd annual Environmental Symposium. Secretary Chu has been invited as a keynote speaker for the event. Senator Gillibrand cited Rochester's commitment to using Alternative Energy as a economic engine for growth. … Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Preps President Obama for the NCAA Tourney

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is sending President Obama a Syracuse Orange t-shirt before the start of March Madness this week. Yesterday, in an interview with Good Morning America, President Obama said he liked Syracuse's chances in the tournament. Senator Gillibrand also sent bumper stickers for the three other New York teams in the tournament."I am so pleased to hear that President Obama likes Syracuse's chances in the big dance," said Senator Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


March 17, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Urges FDA To Regulate Baby Products

Washington, DC - After a new study revealed that widely used baby products contain carcinogens and other harmful chemicals, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate ingredients in baby products. In a letter sent late yesterday to Frank M. Torti, Acting Commissioner, Senator Gillibrand called on the FDA to ensure that all ingredients are safe for long-term use before they can be used in baby products.In her letter, Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading


March 17, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Praises International Agreement on Weapons Smuggling in Gaza

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised an agreement on efforts to halt the smuggling of weapons in Gaza. In addition to halting illegal weapons, the agreement, which was signed by Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, will provide a comprehensive strategy for enhanced cooperation and coordination for information and intelligence sharing, diplomatic engagement and military and law enforcement … Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

Senator Gillibrand, New York Women Leaders Demand Paycheck Fairness

New York - Highlighting an issue that is close to her heart, New York Senator Gillibrand today joined forces with leading voices for women in New York to demand Senate action on the Paycheck Fairness Act. As a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Gillibrand worked hard to pass this measure, however the Senate has yet to act on the legislation. "I believe equal pay for women will result in economic growth for everyone," said Senator Gillibrand. "As we mark Women's History Month, I … Continue Reading


March 14, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Congratulates Binghamton University for Winning America East Championship

Washington, D.C. -- New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today congratulated Binghamton University for winning the America East championship and earning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament."In New York, we take our college basketball seriously, and we expect a lot of our teams across the state."There is nothing more fun and exciting than seeing a New York school make its first trip to the NCAA tournament. The Bearcats worked hard all season, put their hearts into it and won the tough … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Praises President Obama's Plan to Nominate Dr. Margaret Hamburg as FDA Chief

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March 12, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces More Than $500 Million in Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Grants for New York

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $500 million for New York State in Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Grants to help communities, businesses and families reduce harmful emissions, decrease overall energy consumption, create jobs and drive economic growth in the renewable energy sector. The grants are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Senator Gillibrand helped pass last month."My number one priority is creating … Continue Reading


March 11, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Working with Bronx Zoo to Strengthen New York Economy

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with Bronx Zoo President Dr. Steven Sanderson to talk about the important role the Bronx Zoo plays in New York's economy. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which manages the Bronx Zoo, employs more than 4,000 workers worldwide and generates $390 million in revenue for New York's economy each year. More than 4 million tourists visit WCS facilities each year in New York, supporting local businesses in the Bronx, Brooklyn … Continue Reading


March 11, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Set to Meet with Fed Chairman Tomorrow, Hopes To Hear Plans to Help New York’s Economy

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand hopes to hear more details about plans to help New York's economy when she joins with other freshman Democratic Senators to meet with Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board tomorrow.As Senator Gillibrand travels across the state, the number one concern on the minds of most New Yorkers is the economy, in particular the housing and foreclosure crisis, accountability and safeguards for the use of taxpayer money, and efforts to … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Rejects Automatic Congressional Pay Raise

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today signed on to co-sponsor legislation to repeal automatic pay raises for Members of Congress. Senator Gillibrand, who personally rejected automatic pay increases during her time in the House of Representatives, joined fellow New York Senator Chuck Schumer and other colleagues in the Senate to eliminate automatic pay raises once and for all."It is inappropriate for Members of Congress to get an automatic pay raise, especially … Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Pushes Bill to Expand COPS Program

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March 10, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Lays Out Agenda to Strengthen Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Addressing leaders of the Latina community at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today talked about the importance of supporting the growth of women and minority-owned businesses and making key investments to drive economic development for the long term. Nationwide, there are more than three million Hispanic-owned businesses. Before the economic downturn, these businesses were growing three times faster than other businesses. "As a woman … Continue Reading


March 06, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Lift the Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

Washington, D.C. - As President Obama plans to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:"Stem cell research holds the promise to cure some of humanity's oldest and deadliest diseases."There is no greater heartbreak than watching a family member or a loved one suffer from a disease like Parkinson's or Juvenile Diabetes, knowing that there is research out there that can one day provide a cure. … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Releases Economic Recovery Guide Book for New York Community Leaders and Organizations

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is releasing A Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for New York community leaders and organizations. The book, compiled by Senator Gillibrand's offices, details in depth how communities and organizations can navigate the stimulus funding. This is part of Senator Gillibrand's effort to ensure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars. Currently, New York only receives 79 cents back from the Treasury for each dollar in … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

Feingold, Kohl, Gillibrand, Brown Call for Farm Foreclosure Assistance

U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are leading a Senate effort urging the Obama administration to help reduce farm foreclosures as prices for farmers have dropped dramatically in relation to the troubled economy. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the senators and fourteen of their colleagues called for additional requirements for banks and other financial … Continue Reading


March 04, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Meeting with Rochester Institute of Technology Today

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will meet with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) President Bill Destler today to discuss the school's plans to expand research and create good-paying jobs in Rochester. "My number one priority is to create jobs for New York and get our economy back on track," Senator Gillibrand said. "By supporting world-class research institutions like RIT, we can drive innovation and create good-paying jobs. This will ensure the long term growth … Continue Reading

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