Press Releases

May 05, 2010

In Honor Of Mother’s Day This Weekend, Gillibrand Announces New Agenda To Continue Battle Against Breast Cancer

Washington, DC - As New Yorkers pay honor to all mothers this weekend, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing a new legislative agenda to battle breast cancer. On average, over 14,000 New York women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and nearly 3,000 New York women lose their lives to breast cancer each year. Over a quarter of a million women in America were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society. Senator Gillibrand's new effort … Continue Reading

May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $70,000 For Central New York Economic Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $70,000 for Central New York from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to encourage economic development projects in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. "This is a great investment for Central New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading

May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $74,000 For Mohawk Valley Economic Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $74,000 for the Mohawk Valley from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District to encourage economic development projects in Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties. "This is a great investment for the Mohawk Valley," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading

May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $70,000 For Southern Tier Economic Development

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $70,000 for the Southern Tier from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board to encourage economic development projects in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga, and Tomkins Counties "This is a great investment for the Southern Tier," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading

May 03, 2010

Gillibrand To New CEO Of Merged United Airline: Don’t Cut Flights To Upstate New York

Washington, DC - With the announced merger this morning between Continental and United Airlines, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the new CEO of the merged company to not cut flights to Upstate New York. Continental and United both currently service airports in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany. Continental has flights out of Jamestown and Ithaca and United has flights out of Binghamton and White Plains. In her letter to CEO Jeffery Smisek, Senator Gillibrand wrote, … Continue Reading

May 03, 2010

As Ahmadinejad Attends U.N. Conference On Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Gillibrand, Leaders Call For Senate Hearings To Investigate Companies Doing Business With Iran

New York, NY - With Iran blatantly ignoring its obligations to honor a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a coalition of New York leaders, including Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Joseph Crowley, Anthony Weiner, New York State and City officials, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), UJA-Federation of New York and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish … Continue Reading

May 02, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Commends New York Heroes For Averting Explosion In Times Square

New York, NY - Following a failed car bomb found in Times Square yesterday evening that was defused by a heroic street vendor and New York City police, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) issued the following statement: "I want to commend all the heroes who acted quickly to avert a potential disaster in Times Square yesterday - from the T-shirt vendor who saw something and did something, to Officer Wayne Radigan, to the entire NYPD and other law enforcement professionals who worked … Continue Reading

May 01, 2010

On May Day, Gillibrand Blasts Arizona Law, Renews Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC - As New Yorkers and people across America hold May Day demonstrations, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement deploring Arizona's discriminatory immigration law: "I stand with thousands of marchers across the country today who are expressing their outrage over the abhorrent law passed in the state of Arizona. "America, and particularly New York, was built by the contributions of immigrants, and our diversity only adds to the greatness of this country. … Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

Gillibrand Respectfully Disagrees With Admiral Mullen And Secretary Gates – Says Congress Must Repeal Dadt

Washington, DC - Following a letter from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, telling Congress today to wait to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell," U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I respectfully disagree with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. Congress should not sit on their hands. "Now is the time for Congress to show strong leadership and repeal this disastrous policy. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is … Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Renovate Over 50 Million Buildings & Homes Nationwide, Create Nearly 320,000 New Construction Jobs, Save Millions On Energy Costs

Niagara Falls, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced support for a new effort to create jobs and improve the air we breathe and the water we drink by renovating buildings and homes across the nation to make them more energy efficient. With approximately 15 percent of construction workers out of work in New York, Gillibrand's new effort tackles two of our nation's biggest challenges: unemployment and energy consumption. The new programs called "Building STAR" and "Home STAR" … Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

After Thousands Of Dangerous Cribs Recalled, Gillibrand Urges Craigslist To Remove Sale Of Simplicity Cribs Online

Washington, DC - After hundreds of thousands of Graco and Simplicity baby cribs were recalled from store shelves due to deadly defects, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Craigslist to immediately remove online listings of dangerous Simplicity drop-side cribs currently for sale. Senator Gillibrand said, "The Simplicity cribs, which have trapped and suffocated infants, are all too easy to purchase online. We must immediately stop these harmful products from reaching any more nursery … Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

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

Cheektowaga, New York - At the Cheektowaga Community Federal Credit Union, U.S. Senator 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 … Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

Gillibrand, King Push For Securing The Cities Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, have contacted House and Senate appropriators urging them in a joint letter to include $20 million in the FY 2011 DHS appropriations bill for the continuation and expansion of the Securing the Cities Initiative, a highly successful partnership among federal, state and local authorities to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism through a ring of … Continue Reading

April 29, 2010

Gillibrand Condemns Iran’s Election To U.N. Commission On The Status Of Women

Washington, DC - With Iran's long record of suppressing women's rights and lack of protections for crimes against women, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining with women's and human rights activists opposing Iran's election to the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I strongly condemn yesterday's election of Iran to a seat on the UN Commission for the Status of Women. "This Commission was established to promote gender … Continue Reading

April 27, 2010

Gillibrand Announces National Plan To Require Minimum Requirements For Graduated Drivers Licenses In All 50 States

Washington, DC - With hundreds of thousands of young teen drivers on New York roadways, and with car accidents the number one cause of death for teenagers in America, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new national plan to make our roads safer and save lives. Senator Gillibrand will introduce in the U.S. Senate the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act - legislation to set national standards for states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs … Continue Reading

April 26, 2010

Gillibrand Urges USDA to Regulate 6 Deadly, Unchecked E. Coli Strands

Washington, DC - Continuing her commitment to keep all families safe from contaminated food, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to include six additional strands of E. coli as hazardous adulterants that need to be tested by the USDA. In addition to the most common form of E. coli that is already regulated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified six other strands, known as non-0157 STECs, that … Continue Reading

April 23, 2010

Following Trip To Haiti, Landrieu, Gillibrand Continue To Advocate For Better Haitian Child Welfare, Education Systems

WASHINGTON - Following their trip to Haiti earlier this month, U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary Hillary Clinton, reiterating their concern for and commitment to Haiti's children. In the letter, Sens. Landrieu and Gillibrand reported key findings from their trip, and emphasized the need for the U.S. to focus its rebuilding aid on strengthening families and communities, with a particular emphasis on … Continue Reading

April 23, 2010

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Urging Russian President To Not Halt U.S. Adoptions

Washington, DC - With Russia's recent announcement of an immediate freeze on U.S. adoptions after a Tennessee mother sent her 7 year-old adoptive son back to Moscow, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with over a dozen Senate and House colleagues, urged Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to lift the suspension on adoptions by American families. Led by Senator Gillibrand, the bipartisan Congressional delegation expressed … Continue Reading

April 22, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama’s Call To Action For Financial Reform, Stability And Growth For America’s Economy

Washington, DC - As President Obama addresses the nation today to build momentum for new rules of the road to protect taxpayers and keep our economy stable, growing and working for all Americans, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "President Obama today speaks on behalf of tens of millions of Americans who are out of work, have lost their home or can no longer retire because of the financial meltdown that almost pushed America into a depression. "For the future … Continue Reading

April 22, 2010

Gillibrand Takes Action To Prevent Health Insurance Companies From Hiking Premiums Before Health Reforms Take Effect

Washington, DC - Mere weeks after President Obama signed health insurance reform into law, insurance companies are searching out loopholes to find ways to raise premiums before insurance reforms go into effect. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is taking action and authoring new protections for consumers by preventing insurance companies from issuing baseless, exorbitant rate hikes. "We have to take additional steps to ensure that health insurance companies do not hike their rates before the … Continue Reading

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