Press Releases

March 15, 2010

With Census 2010 Forms Arriving In Mailboxes This Week, Gillibrand, Hispanic Federation And Coalition Of Advocacy Groups Urge New Yorkers To Participate

New York, NY - As Census 2010 forms arrive in the mailboxes of New York City residents this week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a coalition of advocacy groups and the U.S. Census Bureau urged all New Yorkers to participate in this year's census. At the event hosted and organized by Lillian Rodríguez-López at the office of the Hispanic Federation, Senator Gillibrand showed just how safe, easy, and fast it is to fill out and return the questionnaire. The Senator also announced … Continue Reading

March 12, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs In Syracuse – Urges Senate Leaders To Include In Upcoming Jobs Package

Syracuse, New York - At the Syracuse Fire Department Federal Credit Union, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand today pushed bipartisan legislation to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. Senator Gillibrand promoted the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act that would increase access to credit union loans. By law, credit unions are required to limit member business lending to 12.25 percent of the credit union's total assets. Senator Gillibrand's bill … Continue Reading

March 12, 2010

Gillibrand Legislation – “Flight 3407 Memorial Act” – Included In FAA Overhaul

Buffalo, New York - To address concerns raised by families of the victims of Colgan Air Flight 3407 and take a major step forward to strengthening air safety standards, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the crux of the Flight 3407 Memorial Act will be included in a broad overhaul of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Senator Gillibrand's legislation would require the FAA to report back to Congress on all new safety recommendations issues by the National … Continue Reading

March 11, 2010

After Gillibrand’s Urging, Senate Leaders Take Steps To Pass New Sanctions On Iran

Washington, DC - At the urging of U.S. Senate Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate leaders today moved forward on efforts to pass new legislation to strengthen sanctions and checks against companies tied to Iran, including blocking federal contracts to violators and imposing a three year ban on government contracts against companies who falsely claim they do not conduct business with Iran's energy sector. On Monday, Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to … Continue Reading

March 11, 2010

While NYers In Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Wait For New Member Of Congress, Gillibrand Makes It A Top Priority To Help New York’s 29th District

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today assured families and businesses in New York's 29th District that while they wait for new representation in the House of Representatives, she will make it a top priority to make sure local communities in the district are getting their fair share of federal dollars, that all casework is being handled efficiently and effectively, and constituents receive all the help they need navigating federal bureaucracies. "As I told Corning residents … Continue Reading

March 10, 2010

Gillibrand Honors WWII’s Unsung Women Heroes – Five New Yorkers Honored In Washington, DC Today

Washington, DC - After 65 years, five New York trailblazers who represent the first women pilots to fly U.S. military aircraft during World War II finally received national recognition for their service. Senator Gillibrand honored New York's heroic Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today. Senator Gillibrand said, "Recognition for these unsung World War II heroes is long overdue. For decades, the pioneers who have laid the groundwork for future … Continue Reading

March 10, 2010

Thousands Of NY Seniors Could Be Living Independently Rather Than In Nursing Homes – Gillibrand Announces New Plan To Help These Seniors Remain In Their Homes For As Long As Possible, Save Taxpayers Millions Each Year

Washington, DC -With thousands of New Yorkers residing in nursing homes that could be living independently, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate's Special Committee on Aging, today announced a broad agenda to help more New York seniors live independently in their homes for as long as they are able by expanding access to in-home care, incentivizing more health professionals to work with seniors and investing in transportation to maximize independence for seniors. A cornerstone … Continue Reading

March 08, 2010

Gillibrand: Feds Must Cut Ties With Companies Doing Business With Iran

Washington, DC - After a recent analysis revealed that companies that do business with Iran's energy sector defied U.S. sanctions law by raking in tens of billions of dollars in federal contracts and loans, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for immediate passage of federal law that would allow President Obama to impose tougher sanctions and checks against companies tied to Iran, including blocking federal contracts to violators and … Continue Reading

March 04, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Question State Dept Decision To Purchase Glassware For US Embassies From Foreign Company Through A No-Bid Contract, Bypassing New York’s Steuben Glassware

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they have written a personal letter to the State Department questioning its decision to award a no-bid contract for glassware for U.S. embassies worldwide to a company that immediately outsourced all the glassware manufacturing work to a foreign manufacturer. The Senators said that American manufacturers of the formal stemware were not even invited to bid for the contract - leaving companies like New York's Steuben … Continue Reading

March 03, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge NYSEG, NY Public Service Commission To Recommit And Make Much Needed Improvements To Former Seneca Army Depot; Effort Will Continue Former Depot’s Progress Towards Economic Revitilization, Create Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced that they have written a personal letter to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) urging them to do all they can to make improvements to the former Seneca Army Depot, which is now operated by the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA). SCIDA has asked the New York Public Service Commission and NYSEG to make electrical improvements to the … Continue Reading

March 03, 2010

Gillibrand, Fellow Senators Introduce Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Washington, D.C. - - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined with a coalition of United States Senators today to introduce legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and enhance our country's military effectiveness. The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 contains three main provisions: it will repeal the law that prevents gay Americans from openly serving in the military, prohibit discrimination against current and prospective service members on the basis of sexual orientation, and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2010

To Help NY Dairy Farmers And Protect Consumers, Gillibrand Pushes Legislation To Require Country Of Origin Labeling On All Dairy Products

Washington, DC - Responding to yet another recall of milk from China, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her push for legislation that would require country of origin labeling (COOL) on all dairy products. Just last month, the Chinese government recalled 170 tons of milk powder that had been tainted with melamine. In 2008, milk tainted with melamine killed at least six infants and sickened more than 300,000 in China. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), during … Continue Reading

March 02, 2010

Gillibrand, Murphy Announce More Than $876,000 To Expand Warren County’s Head Start Program

Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Scott Murphy secured $876,948 for Warren County Head Start through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The federal dollars will help create an Early Head Start program, providing quality care to pregnant women, infants and toddlers throughout Warren County. Last year, Senator Gillibrand helped pass ARRA, and in June, urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to support Warren County's program. … Continue Reading

March 01, 2010

Gillibrand Congratulates New York’s Winter Olympic Athletes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today congratulated the 18 New Yorkers who competed in the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. "New York is so proud of all of our athletes who competed in Vancouver. We all spent the last two weeks cheering them on and feeling honored to have so many top-tier athletes competing and winning at the highest level. "Our state has one of the best athletic traditions and some of most talented athletes who brought home medals in a broad range of … Continue Reading

February 28, 2010

Gillibrand Secures Recovery Dollars For New Cassel– Town Of North Hempstead To Allocate 80% Of Energy Funds For Community Center

New Cassel, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Jon Kaiman, today to announce $892,000 for the Town of North Hempstead from the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which Senator Gillibrand helped pass last year. The Town of North Hempstead will direct 80 percent of the federal dollars towards the capital cost of high-efficiency technology in … Continue Reading

February 26, 2010

Gillibrand To Kentucky Senator Bunning: End Your Filibuster Now

Washington, D.C. - With Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning's one-man filibuster preventing an extension to unemployment and COBRA benefits for Americans hit hardest by this economic downturn, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement urging Senator Bunning to put Americans before politics and end his partisan filibuster. Without an extension, unemployment, COBRA, and other benefits will end this Sunday, February 28. "Amidst the worst economic downturn since the Great … Continue Reading

February 26, 2010

Bipartisan Group Urges Presidential Action To Bring GM To Negotiating Table And Save Delphi Pensions

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Louise Slaughter, Eric Massa, Chris Lee, and Dan Maffei, have announced that they sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama asking him to assist in bringing GM to the negotiating table in efforts to reverse a decision to refer the pension plans of the Delphi Corporation's salaried retirees to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The members of Congress urged the Administration to … Continue Reading

February 26, 2010

Gillibrand, Kaufman, Snowe, Tonko, Introduce Bill To Improve Engineering Education In Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced legislation that would help boost science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education programs in the nation's elementary, middle and high schools. The bipartisan Engineering Education for Innovation Act (the E2 for Innovation Act) would create competitive grant programs to fund the implementation of engineering curricula and … Continue Reading

February 26, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Final Passage Of Travel Promotion Bill – Proposal Will Boost Tourism Across NYS

Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final passage late last night of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, a proposal which will boost tourism in New York and across the country. The legislation will now be sent to the President for his signature. The legislation would invest federal dollars in private-public partnerships to actively promote and market American vacations to international travelers. "From world class vineyards on Long Island and in the Finger Lakes to … Continue Reading

February 25, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand, Arcuri, Offer Whole-Hearted Support In Keeping Empire Aero Center Open; 200 Jobs At Risk

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Michael E. Arcuri announced that they have written a personal letter to Israel Aerospace Industries Chairman, Yair Shamir, offering him assistance in the quest to keep the Empire Aero Center open and its 200 workers employed. The officials said that their support could be used in everything from helping Israel Aerospace Industries navigate the military contracts process to offering available federal assistance to … Continue Reading

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