Press Releases

September 26, 2010

Gillibrand, NYPD Deputy Commissioner For Counterterrorism Announce $18.5 Million For Securing The Cities Initiative To Prevent Against Dirty Bombs

New York, NY - In Times Square, the site of an attempted terror attack earlier this year, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism Richard Daddario today announced an $18.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the Securing the Cities initiative, which combines federal, state and local resources to protect the New York metropolitan area against the threat of a … Continue Reading

September 23, 2010

Gillibrand, Polis, Castle Introduce National Environmental Education Act Reauthorization

Washington, DC - Working to create jobs and grow the new energy economy, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will help ensure that our young people and all Americans receive the educational foundation needed to better understand complex issues impacting the health of our fragile planet. The National Environmental Education Reauthorization Act (S. 3833, H.R. 6194) would update and modernize the … Continue Reading

September 22, 2010

Lautenberg, Menendez, Schumer And Gillibrand Urge President To Nominate Commissioners To The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called on President Obama to quickly fill empty seats on the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (FCSC) so that victims of terror and their family members can receive the compensation they deserve. Currently, the Commission cannot function because only one of three commissioners is in place. As a result, more than 200 claims from victims of Libyan … Continue Reading

September 22, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Request For Funding For Stony Brook, Farmingdale State College Project To Develop “Revolutionary” Portable Power – Set To Receive $3,400,000

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that Stony Brook and Farmingdale State College are set to receive a federal funding totaling $3,400,000 as part of Fiscal Year 2011 Defense appropriations bill. The funding will be used to fund an innovative research program to engineer next generation advanced battery materials that would allow power to be beamed wirelessly. By eliminating wires and portable batteries and freeing up these electronic devices, this … Continue Reading

September 22, 2010

$445,000 Federal Grant Awarded for Regional Project to Support & Develop New High Tech Businesses in Western & Central New York

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) announced $445,000 for a new joint initiative covering nineteen counties in Western and Central New York to support new economy business development and job growth across the region. The funding awarded to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) and JumpStart Inc. through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Hall and Gillibrand Introduce Muck Soils Bills in House and Senate

Carmel, NY - In an effort to encourage environmentally responsible practices on actively farmed muck soil land, Congressman John Hall (NY-19) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) introduced the Conservation on Muck Soils bill today in both the House of Representatives and Senate. The bill would reward onion growers in the Hudson Valley who engage in responsible conservation practices, as well as farmers in other parts of the country. Muck soil is a special type of soil farmed to produce … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Gillibrand: Obstruction Of DOD Reauthorization Is Wrong

Washington, D.C. - After Republicans prevented the FY2011 Department of Defense Authorization bill from coming up for debate, effectively derailing bipartisan efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "For nearly two decades, we've discharged thousands of America's best, brightest and bravest on immoral and unconstitutional grounds. The military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy undermines the integrity of … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Senator Gillibrand To Showcase New York Food And Farms In The Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hosting the ninth annual "New York Farm Day" tonight in the Senate Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Building in Washington D.C. Senator Gillibrand has invited producers of New York's award-winning wines, farm-fresh products and fresh seafood, as well as leading restaurateurs to travel to the nation's capital to showcase the quality and diversity of New York's agriculture, and its importance to the state's economy. Secretary Hillary Rodham … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Department Of Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $2 Million For Military Drone Project Through Rochester Institute Of Technology

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $2 million for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to perform research for the U.S. military that will improve the current fleet of unmanned drones and surveillance aircraft that are currently being used in Afghanistan and other places around the world to combat terrorists and other enemies. "Unmanned drones and surveillance aircraft have made a real … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Department Of Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $4 Million To Upgrade Military Data Systems Through Binghamton University

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $4 million for the Binghamton University in order to upgrade current military data systems to ensure they are secure from outside threats and operating in an energy efficient manner. "Our top-flight military intelligence represents a huge advantage over terrorists and other enemies and is essential to best protect our brave service men and women. These resources … Continue Reading

September 20, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Department Of Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $3 Million For Military Infrastructure Project Through Watervliet Arsenal

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $3 million for Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership's Arsenal Support Initiative (ASPI) in Watervliet. The project will support infrastructure development and planning initiatives to the underused Army arsenal in Watervliet. "This funding is a win-win because it will help attract new businesses to the area and deliver good paying, family sustaining … Continue Reading

September 20, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $1.1 Million To Develop Life-Saving New Treatment For Military At North Shore-LIJ

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approved $1.1 million for the North Shore-LIJ Health System to develop new treatment to address traumatic injuries that lead to severe blood loss and hemorrhaging in the FY11 Appropriations Bill. The development of this treatment has the potential to save lives of our troops serving overseas and all patients suffering from traumatic injuries. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied … Continue Reading

September 20, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $4.5 Million For Network Security Research At SUNYIT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense has approved $4.5 Million in the FY11 Appropriations Bill for State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) at Utica/Rome to research mobile network security concerns and develop a training program to equip a qualified cyber security workforce. This project is estimated to help save 250 existing cyber security-related jobs and create approximately 70 new … Continue Reading

September 17, 2010

Arcuri, Schumer, Gillibrand Continue Push To Move Marcy Nanotech Project Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to advance development of the Marcy Nanotech site, U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri (NY-24) and U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called on the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), to remove the special condition in the draft wetlands permit issued to Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises (EDGE) that has prevented development until a semiconductor manufacturer can be identified and brought under … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Create Better Education Opportunities In Developing Countries, Build Stronger Global Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced the Education for All Act of 2010, legislation to help achieve universal quality basic education, improve the lives of women and girls, and help strengthen the global economy, creating jobs here and abroad. The legislation is sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). Senator Gillibrand announced the legislation ahead of next week's United … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage Of Resolution Supporting New Start Treaty

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the resolution of advice and consent to the New START treaty: "The most dangerous threat to America and to the world is for a terrorist organization or network to obtain a nuclear weapon. Nuclear disarmament is among the most critical steps we must take to keep our nation and future generations safe. The passage of today's resolution of advice and consent to … Continue Reading

September 15, 2010

Gillibrand Announces New Upstate Jobs Bill To Put New Yorkers Back To Work, Rebuild Economy For Long Term Strength And Stability

Washington, DC - With more than 325,000 Upstate New Yorkers out of work, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Upstate Works Act, legislation she wrote to provide targeted support for multiple sectors of Upstate New York's economy, put New Yorkers back to work, and ensure long term economic strength and stability. The Upstate Works Act provides new access to capital for small businesses to grow and create jobs, retools New York's manufacturers to produce clean domestic … Continue Reading

September 15, 2010

Gillibrand, Udall Urge DOJ Not To Appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ruling

Washington, D.C. - After a federal judge in California last week ruled the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy unconstitutional, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) not to appeal the judge's decision, and allow Congress to act to repeal the unconstitutional law that harms our national security. "There is no legal or military justification and not one shred of credible evidence that … Continue Reading

September 14, 2010

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Investigate China’s Unfair Green Technology Trade Practices

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Obama Administration to investigate trade practices by the Chinese government intended to protect Chinese producers of green and alternative energy products - including wind turbines, solar panels, next generation batteries and energy efficient vehicles. The United Steelworkers filed a petition last week to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asserting that China has provided more than $200 billion in subsidies and support to their … Continue Reading

September 14, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand, Murphy Announce More Than $765,000 In Federal Funding For Construction Of Industrial Park In Glens Falls

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Scott Murphy today announced $765,336 in federal funding for the development of the Tech Meadows Industrial Park located in Glens Falls from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The grant will help establish necessary water lines, sewer lines and other pieces of infrastructure, and will allow for the completion of the Park. This project will establish new High-Tech … Continue Reading

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