Press Releases

March 31, 2009

With New York Communities Facing Budget Cuts For Law Enforcement, Senator Gillibrand Releases New Guide To Aid Agencies In Applying For Stimulus Funding

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled her new guide today entitled, A Guide To Law Enforcement Funding Through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. During these difficult economic times, many law enforcement agencies throughout New York have been forced to cut their budgets and lay off personnel that are critical to maintaining the safety and security of our neighborhoods. Senator Gillibrand's guide provides New York's law enforcement agencies with … Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

With A Growing Backlog of Social Security Disability Cases, Senators Gillibrand and Schumer Call for Additional Funding

Washington, D.C. - New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer joined a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues last week calling to protect social security funding in the 2010 budget. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer urged the Senate Budget Committee to include the full $11.6 billion investment in the Social Security Administration (SSA) requested in the President's budget to help combat delays in getting benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). "We … Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces More Than $19.4 Million For Community Health Centers In New York

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $19.4 million for community health centers across New York. These grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used to expand services, add new providers, or expanding hours of operations. They will be distributed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Community Health Centers are a lifeline to many families across New York," said Senator Gillibrand. "During these tough … Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces $103 Million For Veterans & $117.7 Million For Military Construction Projects In New York

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $103 million for New York veterans and $117.7 million for military construction projects in New York State. In addition, Senator Gillibrand announced that eligible veterans will receive $250 to help them and their families during these tough economic times. Senator Gillibrand helped secure the federal dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed by President Obama last month. New York is home to … Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

In Preparation for Digital Conversion, Senator Gillibrand Announces $135,000 to WSKG-TV in Vestal

Washington, D.C. - To help New York broadcasters prepare for the digital conversion coming in June, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $135,750 to WSKG-TV in Vestal. The funding will help the station purchase and install reliability equipment for its digital master control system, ensuring uninterrupted operations during technical difficulties."We need to help New Yorkers prepare for the digital conversion," Senator Gillibrand said. "These grants for our local broadcasters … Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Addressing Health Care Shortage by Preparing New York Youth for Careers in Health Care

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today supported passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to prepare New York's young adults for careers in nursing and other health care-related jobs. On a visit to the Bronx last month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilmember Joel Rivera, chair of the Health Committee, to tour the Urban Health Center and visit a home health care provider. During her visit, Senator Gillibrand announced … Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

To Reduce Lure of Gangs, Senator Gillibrand Working Hard to Create Opportunities for Low Income Youth

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the passage of the Serve America Act will provide low income urban youth with service opportunities that will help limit the lure of gangs and reduce gun violence in many New York communities. "I am working hard in Washington to provide service opportunities to young people in low income communities to combat the lure of gangs and reduce gun violence in communities across New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "We all … Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Serve America Act

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced Senate passage of the Serve America Act, legislation that would expand public service opportunities across the country for New Yorkers. Currently in New York, 3 million volunteers put in an annual average of over 366 million hours of service. The Serve America Act strengthens key components of AmeriCorps while creating new public service opportunities for people to serve at every stage of life."This act provides opportunities … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Final Passage of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Protection Act

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final passage of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Boundary Revision Act, legislation sponsored by then-Congresswoman Gillibrand and then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. This bill will enact a 2003 study by the National Park Service that will add approximately 261 acres to the current Park."Passage of this legislation is the culmination of years of work by the National Park Service, local and country leaders and … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Long Island’s Sisters of St. Joseph Meet with Senator Gillibrand in Washington

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with the Sisters of St. Joseph - an order of 30 Roman Catholic nuns from Brentwood - to talk about ways they can work together to support their work for the Long Island community. Senator Gillibrand talked with the Sisters of St. Joseph about strengthening English as a Second Language programs throughout the Brentwood public schools, which help women in the area succeed and prosper in their community."Brentwood families are … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Senator Gillibrand’s Opening Statement For Hearing On The Need For Transportation Investment

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March 25, 2009

Eastman Kodak Company Meets with Senator Gillibrand in Washington

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met today with Antonio Perez, CEO of Kodak in Washington, DC. They discussed Kodak's advancements and economic developing efforts in Rochester."Kodak is an institution in Rochester and will be a critical part of our economic recovery," said Senator Gillibrand. "My number one priority in the Senate is to create jobs and help turn our economy around. I look forward to working with Kodak to restore confidence in the economy of Rochester and all … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Final Passage of Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Extension

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final passage of the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Extension. The legislation will extend the current authorization to continue access to vital federal dollars for preservation efforts. The Corridor extends from Tonawanda to Whitehall at the bottom of Lake Champlain and includes Buffalo, Rochester and the Finger Lakes, Oswego, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga National Historic Park, and Glens Falls."Passage of this … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Working with Hofstra University to Strengthen Long Island

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz to talk about support for Hofstra's groundbreaking medical school, improving energy efficiency on campus and supporting green building projects at the university. Senator Gillibrand expressed her intention to work closely with the university to create jobs and drive economic growth for Long Island. Senator Gillibrand and President Rabinowitz specifically discussed the launch of … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Meets with Asian American Legal Defense Fund

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met late last week with Glenn Magpantay from New York City who works for the Asian American Legal Defense Fund. Senator Gillibrand offered her support of Mr. Magpantay's nomination to the Census Advisory Committee on the Asian Population, under the Census Bureau's Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee. "I am very impressed with Mr. Magpantay and his commitment to equal rights and the Asian community," said Senator Gillibrand. "At a time of … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

With Roughly 700 Miles Of New York Coastline On The Great Lakes, Senators Gillibrand And Schumer Call For $475 Million For Great Lakes Restoration In Budget – Funds Can Go Towards Fighting Invasive Species, Pollution and Contamination

Washington, DC - New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Charles Schumer joined with their Great Lakes colleagues to call for $475 million for the Great Lakes in the budget. In his budget proposal, President Obama requested this money for Great Lakes restoration. New York shares roughly 700 miles of coastline with the Great Lakes."The Great Lakes are an indispensable natural, economic, and recreational resource for New … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Syracuse University Chancellor, Senator Gillibrand Meet in Washington

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor to talk about support for the university's efforts to create jobs, improve energy efficiency on campus and other efforts to foster strong economic growth for the Syracuse community, and all of New York. Senator Gillibrand also congratulated Chancellor Cantor on the Orange's success in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the "Sweet Sixteen." Last week Senator Gillibrand sent … Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Praises $180 Million Investment in Long Island

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the $184.3 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. The dollars being invested come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which Senator Gillibrand helped pass last month. The DOE funding will specifically go to support the laboratory's construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, focusing on making advancements in clean, … Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Working to Grow New York’s Rural Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ensure more capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural New York by immediately implementing the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) as part of President Obama's 2010 Budget. RMAP allows small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural New York to apply for loans partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making credit available to small businesses and … Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces $39 Million Increase for New York Hospitals Serving Uninsured

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a more than $39 million increase for New York hospitals serving uninsured and vulnerable populations. Senator Gillibrand helped secure the federal dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. New York State will now have more than $1.6 billion to pay qualifying hospitals this year."Families across New York without health care coverage often rely on treatment at our local hospitals," said Senator … Continue Reading

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