Press Releases

February 19, 2010

Gillibrand Helps Oswego Senior Dial Up Free Cell Service

Oswego, NY - After an Oswego senior tried for months to obtain a free cell phone under a government-backed program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, helped the 68 year-old resident secure one. The legally blind senior, who enjoys staying active throughout the day, feels safer now that he has a way to reach someone at all times. Oswego resident Ron Weaver said, "I'm glad that we have a Senator who listens to the people and their problems. I … Continue Reading

February 16, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes To Include Public Option In Health Insurance Reform Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. - In the continued effort to pass health care reform that lowers costs and leads to higher quality care, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is working to pass health insurance reform that includes a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules. Senator Gillibrand joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to write to Senate Majority Leader Reid highlighting findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office … Continue Reading

February 15, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation Imposing Targeted Sanctions Against Human Rights Abuses in Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along witha bipartisan group of Senators, announced their intention to introduce legislation that will impose targeted sanctions against members of the Iranian government responsible for human rights abuses. The legislation - cosponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Casey (D-PA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and … Continue Reading

February 12, 2010

Gillibrand Unveils Comprehensive Plan To Battle HIV/AIDS Among African American Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that she has introduced comprehensive legislation in the Senate to reduce, prevent, treat and fight against HIV/AIDS among African American communities. The National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act of 2009, which was authored and introduced in the House by Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), would expand outreach and prevention efforts, train health care providers, create care centers, and develop research … Continue Reading

February 12, 2010

Gillibrand Applauds Reserve Officers Association For Rejecting “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Washington, D.C. - The Reserve Officers Association, the nation's largest organization of retired U.S. military reserve officers, voted this week to end its decade-long position of excluding gays and lesbians from the U.S. military and rejected the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I am pleased and proud to see the Reserve Officers Association take this important step to make our country stronger morally and militarily. "Each … Continue Reading

February 12, 2010

On Anniversary Of Buffalo Plane Crash, Gillibrand Stands With Families Of Victims To Introduce “Flight 3407 Memorial Act” To Enact Safety Recommendations

Buffalo, NY - Standing with family members of the victims of Buffalo Flight 3407 that crashed one year ago today killing all 49 passengers on board, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the Flight 3407 Memorial Act -- new legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement all standards established in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative report. "Time and time again the FAA has failed to heed the calls by the NTSB to … Continue Reading

February 11, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2010 Academy Nominations From Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Upstate New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the … Continue Reading

February 11, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2010 Academy Nominations From Long Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Long Island residents to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by … Continue Reading

February 09, 2010

Sens. Gillibrand, Voinovich Introduce Resolution to Designate September “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and George V. Voinovich (R-OH) today introduced a resolution to designate the month of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, bringing national attention to a growing epidemic among youth in the United States. In addition, the resolution requests that the president issue a proclamation calling on the federal government, states, tribes and localities to observe September with programs that promote healthy eating and … Continue Reading

February 09, 2010

Gillibrand Praises First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined First Lady Michelle Obama today to kick off Let's Move -- a new campaign to fight the childhood obesity epidemic and improve health and nutrition for our children. Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement praising First Lady Obama's leadership to put our children on a path to healthier, more successful future: "First Lady Obama understands that child obesity is a crisis that our nation must urgently address. "Every New … Continue Reading

February 09, 2010

With Approximately 2.1 Million New Yorkers Retiring In Next 10 Years, Gillibrand Unveils Plan To Help Middle Class Nyers Save For Retirement

Washington, D.C. - With approximately 2.1 million New Yorkers set to retire in the next 10 years and approximately 5 million to retire in the next 20 years, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled plans to help hardworking middle class New Yorkers save for retirement. Her new legislative agenda would expand tax credits that match contributions to retirement plans, protect 401(k)s with more security and transparency, and encourage automatic enrollment in Individual Retirement Accounts … Continue Reading

February 05, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Solar Energy Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation this week to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade. According the New York State Department of Labor report from 2009, New York has nearly 75,000 jobs associated with solar manufacturing and installation in more than 7,000 New York companies. Based on average wages, New York's solar industry payroll is approximately $4.8 billion dollars. … Continue Reading

February 05, 2010

After Gillibrand Called For Debt Relief For Haiti, Treasury Announces It Will Press For Action At This Weekend’s G7

Washington, DC - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will announce U.S. support for a debt moratorium for Haiti at this weekend's meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to help remove some of Haiti's heavy financial burdens as it struggles to recover from a devastating set of earthquakes. Currently, Haiti faces approximately $429 million of external debt to the InterAmerian Development Bank (IDB), as well as other debt … Continue Reading

February 04, 2010

Gillibrand, Menendez, Clarke To Introduce Legislation To Speed Visas For Haitians With Families In The U.S.

Washington, DC - With Haiti in ruins and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that they will introduce legislation that would allow an estimated 55,000 Haitians who already have approved immigration petitions to join their relatives in the United States. The legislation would also provide the opportunity to apply for work, and send money back home. The Gillibrand-Menendez bill would speed … Continue Reading

February 04, 2010

Gillibrand, Baldwin To Sec. Clinton: Save LGBT Refugees

Washington, D.C. - With hundreds of LGBT individuals being beaten, persecuted and even killed in Iraq, Iran and other countries, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), joined by 11 of their Senate colleagues and 31 of their House colleagues, today wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to work with U.S. Ambassadors, the United Nations and NGOs across the globe to enforce human rights laws … Continue Reading

February 03, 2010

Year In Review – Gillibrand Pushes Her Agenda To Create Jobs And Improve The Lives Of All New Yorkers

Washington, D.C. - In her first year in office as U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand traveled to all of New York's 62 counties, meeting with local business leaders, elected officials, community advocates, local law enforcement, educational leaders and everyday New York families - listening to their concerns and pushing her agenda to create jobs and improve the lives of New Yorkers struggling in this difficult economy. Senator Gillibrand spent her first year in office traveling from Buffalo to … Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

With Release Of Buffalo Plane Crash Investigation Report, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Require FAA Action

Washington, DC - With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation report into the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to stand with the families. Senator Gillibrand is announcing legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement the NTSB recommendations. "Time and time again the FAA has failed to heed the calls by the NTSB to enhance safety measures and training … Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

Gillibrand Statement For Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing On “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Washington, D.C. - Today, as the Senate Armed Service Committee holds the first hearing on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy since it was first established 17 years ago, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement. Senator Gillibrand is helping lead the charge in the Senate to repeal the unjust, harmful policy that undercuts the civil rights of some of America's bravest men and women, and weakens America's national security. Chairman Levin, Senator McCain, … Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Job Creation Tax Credit Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced legislation to create a job creation tax credit. "While some sectors of the economy are doing better, middle class families and small businesses across New York are struggling in this economic crisis," Senator Gillibrand said. "We need to take aggressive action to help businesses create good-paying jobs and get New Yorkers back to work. The job creation tax cut … Continue Reading

February 01, 2010

Senator Gillibrand: President Obama’s Budget Has Right Priorities – Jobs, Education, Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today applauded President Obama's budget, which prioritizes job creation, education, and security. Senator Gillibrand will work to improve funding for Medicaid and infrastructure, which would help hold the line on rising property taxes. "Over the past year, I have met with New Yorkers across the state and the number one concern is the economy," Senator Gillibrand said. "New Yorkers expect Washington to be focused on solutions. The President's … Continue Reading

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