Press Releases

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


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

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