Kirsten Gillibrand


Wed October 29, 2014

Gillibrand wants plastic microbeads removed from personal care products

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) discusses the impact of microbeads on the environment. Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen (left) and Port of Oswego Board Chairman Terry Hammill (right) attended.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

They are in products people use every day to help get grime off their hands, keep their faces acne free and even make their teeth pearly white. But environmentalists and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) say plastic microbeads are polluting the country's lakes and streams.

While standing in front of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand announced her push to get companies to remove microbeads from personal care products like hand soap, facial scrubs and toothpaste, citing the harmful effects they have on the environment.

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Tue October 28, 2014

NY's congressional delegation split on Ebola response

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Federal lawmakers from New York are somewhat split on how to handle people traveling to the state from Ebola-stricken West African nations.

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Mon September 15, 2014

Gillibrand says she supports action against ISIS, wants reform in NFL

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says she supports President Barack Obama's call for airstrikes in Syria. During a weekend appearance on CBS "Face the Nation," Gillibrand said the United States needs to take action against the militant group known as ISIS in Syria, but the U.S. needs to make intelligent decisions about how to do that.

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Thu August 14, 2014

SUNY throws support behind proposed campus sexual assault bill

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The State University of New York system is the first to support a proposed bill that would strengthen rules to protect students from sexual assault.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Manhattan Wednesday to announce SUNY's support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Gillibrand has been a lead backer of the bill, which would ensure minimum training standards for campus employees and would require colleges and universities to perform annual surveys to keep records of sexual assault cases.

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Thu July 31, 2014
Politics and Government

Gillibrand introduces bill to combat sexual assualt on college campuses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). -File Photo
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped introduce a bill Wednesday to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Current statistics show nearly twenty percent of females who attend college are sexually assaulted. But critics say universities and colleges often provide either incomplete or false data. 

The new legislation would punish schools for falsifying that data while also requiring every school to release results of an anonymous student survey about assaults. 

Senator Gillibrand says these steps are vital.

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Wed July 23, 2014

New York's senators applaud safety proposals for transporting crude by rail

Sen. Charles Schumer called for better safety standards of DOT 111 rail cars in Syracuse in August 2013
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO (file photo)

Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are welcoming the announcement today by the federal Department of Transportation for increased safety measures for rail cars that carry crude oil.

With more oil being shipped via train from the Bakken region in North Dakota and adjacent Canada to the East Coast, and more accidents involving those tanker cars, safety concerns have been growing.

Schumer told reporters today that he hopes the rules will be implemented as soon as possible

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Mon June 16, 2014

Gillibrand pushing for more STEM opportunities

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on a recent visit to Rochester STEM High School

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has recently been touring New York state, outlining her education plan to provide more opportunities to students across the region in the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields.

"The bill will help create grant programs for elementary, middle and high schools," said Gillibrand. "Schools are encouraged to partner with their local colleges and non-for-profit businesses to bolster innovated STEM related curriculum and mentorship programs designed to develop the stills that folks need."

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Tue May 27, 2014

New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change

Hurricane Sandy, which caused damage to these homes, is one of several storms that have pounded the state in recent years.

A new White House climate report paints a dire picture for New York if something drastic isn't done to address climate change, and the Obama administration is preparing to act without Congress.

The Third National Climate Assessment predicts dramatic changes in coastal states like New York. But the state’s junior Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, says upstate residents and businesses are at risk too.

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Wed May 14, 2014
Higher Ed

Gillibrand pushes for bill to cut student loan rates

Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand, D-N.Y. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As the debt load of recent college graduates continues to rise, New York's junior senator is stumping for a new bill that will cut the interest rate on federal student loans by nearly half.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is one of about two dozen Democrats backing a bill that will reduce the loan rate on undergraduate loans to about 3.8 percent, from the nearly seven percent they sit at now. The bill would also bring down the interest rates for graduate school loans.

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Mon April 21, 2014

Gillibrand says she isn't giving up on military sexual assault bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks with reporters during a Watertown event in late January. (file photo)
Joanna Richards WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says in the next few months she is going to revive her military sexual assault bill, which changes how those types of crimes are prosecuted by the military. The legislation failed last month following a filibuster.

Gillibrand says her bill, which would allow military prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases instead of officers in the regular chain of command, still has the support of 55 senators, including Republicans.

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Mon April 14, 2014

U.S. Export-Import Bank president promotes benefits of selling products overseas

From left: Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY), and Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first member of Congress to offer the U.S. Export-Import Bank the opportunity to visit small businesses in her state. The result was a meeting last week at Filtertech in Manlius with the bank's president.

Filtertech designs and manufactures industrial size liquid filtration systems.  

In 2008, the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed the manufacturing of a project Filtertech produced with a company in Italy; a project that helped keep them in business at the time.

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Fri March 14, 2014

Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer County earlier this year.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to double the tax write-off for child care expenses, saying it will benefit working mothers and families.

Right now 35 percent of a child’s daycare – or up to about $1,000 – can be written off on annual tax filings. Gillibrand’s bill would raise that to half of the expenses, or $3,000. She says making child care more affordable will allow more parents to work full time and bring home more money.

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Fri March 7, 2014
Politics and Government

Gillibrand's military sexual assault bill rejected in Senate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with reporters following an event. (file photo)
Joanna Richards WRVO

After a year of lobbying her colleagues, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to change how the Pentagon handles sexual assault cases was rejected by the Senate.

Gillibrand isn't looking at her legislation's defeat as a failure, just a temporary setback in her effort to remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command. Although 55 senators supported it, that wasn't enough to overcome a bipartisan filibuster.

Gillibrand says her work isn’t over.

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Mon March 3, 2014

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proposes new military sexual assault bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with reporters following an event in upstate New York. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on a personal crusade to change the military culture that’s allowed sexual assaults to go unpunished, and is attempting to push a bill through the Senate.

Gillibrand remembers when the issue of sexual assaults in the military really got on her radar. It was while watching a 2012 documentary called The Invisible War.

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Mon February 3, 2014

Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., makes Valentine's Day cards with children in a pre-K class at Herkimer Elementary School.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Richard Hanna and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand played with blocks and Elmer’s glue at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer Monday before introducing a proposal to fund universal early education on a federal level.

The argument Gillibrand, a Democrat, and Hanna, a Republican, are making is that funding universal pre-kindergarten is an investment, not an expense.

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Mon January 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand optimistic on push for reform in military sexual assault cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Jefferson Community College in Watertown Thursday.
Credit Joanna Richards

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing hard to reform the way the military handles sexual assaults. Her proposal was dropped once, but she’s hopeful it will come up for a vote again and succeed. 

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Mon January 20, 2014

Gillibrand's five proposals for the economy all focus on women

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has five proposals she believes will boost the economy, all centered around women, which she says are the key to a growing economy.

At Syracuse University’s Maxwell School last week, Gillibrand outlined her American Opportunity Agenda, saying that the things that can help women succeed, and therefore the economy, begin with increasing the minimum wage.

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Mon January 13, 2014
Politics and Government

Gillibrand wants crack down on military sexual assaults

Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her fight to crack down on sexual assaults in the military in 2014.

The junior senator from New York has been a vocal critic of the way the military deals with sexual assault cases. She points to statistics that showed instances of unwanted sexual contact in the military in 2012 went up by 7,000 compared to two years earlier.

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Fri January 10, 2014
Politics and Government

Gillibrand proposes paid family leave legislation

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announces her family leave proposal in Utica
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new federal legislation that would create paid family and medical leave. She says the idea is to establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, that would allow anyone who needs time off for a family emergency, to be able to take this time off while still getting paid.

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Thu November 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

News Briefs: Thursday, Nov. 14

Saratoga County residents are opposed to a casino.
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Wed August 28, 2013

New York lawmakers fighting back against invasive species

Asian Carp jump out of the water at the mouth of the Wabash River in Kentucky.

Congress is taking aim against invasive species that are clogging New York state's waterways, with New York representatives in the House and Senate backing the proposed "Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act."

It's a problem that plagues many lakes and rivers in central New York. Species like Asian carp and certain kinds of mussels can interfere with boating and recreation activities on the state's waterways. But championing the legislation is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who says these species can be difficult to deal with.

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Tue August 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Gillibrand would support some military action in Syria

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says she'll stand by the Obama administration as it considers military action against Syria in light of alleged chemical weapons use against civilians.

During a stop at the New York State Fair, Gillibrand said there's a humanitarian crisis in Syria that must be addressed by the United States and other countries, adding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be put on notice that recent attacks against civilians are unacceptable to the world community.  

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Tue July 30, 2013
Higher Ed

Gillibrand explains her 'no' vote on student loan compromise

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., talks with Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn’t be tied to market rates.

Congress let interest rates on government subsidized student loans double on July first to nearly seven percent. Last week lawmakers worked out a deal to allow rates to be tied to 10 year Treasury notes. That temporarily lowered the rates again.

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Tue July 30, 2013

Gillibrand wants faster cleanup of brownfield sites

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., answers questions during a stop in Syracuse to push for more brownfield cleanup.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to raise the amount of money that can go to cleaning up former industrial sites in a move she says will spark for redevelopment.

On Monday she crossed upstate New York promoting the Brownfields Utilization Investment and Local Development Act, or BUILD Act.

Most former industrial sites are contaminated with solvents or metals that leaked into the ground. They're known as brownfields and require remediation before they can be redeveloped.

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Thu May 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:31 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand greets panel members from the military and the Defense Department testifying on Capitol Hill on March 13 before the subcommittee's hearing on sexual assault in the military.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change how the military handles sexual assault cases. The proposal would let military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide whether to bring serious military crimes to trial.

It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was virtually unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Now, she's on some lists for possible candidates for vice president — even president.

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Tue April 16, 2013

Gillibrand holds small business listening tour with SBA

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), center, listens during a small business forum in Phoenix, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator and the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration swung through upstate New York Monday to hold a series of roundtable talks with small business owners and economic development officials.

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Thu March 21, 2013

Gillibrand pushes for national $10 minimum wage

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a $10.10 federal minimum wage.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator is staging a fight to raise the federal minimum wage to more than $10 an hour.

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Tue February 12, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Gillibrand introduces bill to boost high-tech manufacturing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced a bill intended to boost high-tech manufacturing. The Democrat from New York visited the Harper International company outside Buffalo to discuss the Made in America Manufacturing Act, which is her first bill to go before the new Congress.

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Tue February 12, 2013

Gillibrand proud of Remington, but says backing it is up to Cuomo

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at gas sensor manufacturer Inficon Inc., in East Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Firearm manufacturer Remington Arms is a part of New York's long tradition of manufacturing, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says, but using taxpayer dollars to make sure they stay in upstate New York is up to the governor.

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Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program

Rep. Dan Maffei in East Syracuse discussing funding for weatherization program
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

Members of Congress are asking the president to include a federal program to help low-income families insulate their homes in next year's budget. Rep. Dan Maffei says this is especially important in upstate New York, where heating a home can cost hundreds of dollars each year.

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