Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There are a few people in Congress who aren't shying away from plans that call for spending to create jobs in the long term.
Monday, August 08, 2011
By Erica Getto
Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
By Anna Sale
Fiery leader is just the latest role for Gillibrand, who’s preparing for her first campaign for her first full term in the U.S. Senate. No longer the upstate NRA darling who was appointed to the seat, nor the advocate of 9/11 First Responders who drew unabashed praise from New Yorkers, including Jon Stewart. Now she’s making a play for a bigger power base: Women voters nationwide.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
(Washington, DC --Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday forcing states to meet a national standard for teens’ drivers licenses or take a hit on their federal highway funding.
The bill pushes graduated drivers license programs, or GDL’s, which phase in driving privileges for teens in the hopes of taking some of the danger out of getting behind the wheel.
All 50 states already have some form of phased-in driving for teens, but standards vary widely. Six states allow permits for 14-year olds, while South Dakota has no restricts at all for 16-year-old drivers.
Safety groups and insurance companies have long backed GDL programs, as a way to improve teen driving safety and also to lock in one set of nationwide rules.
Car crashes remain the number-one cause of death for US teens, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Crashes killed more than 40,000 teens over the last five years.
“This is a national problem that requires a national solution,” said Rep. Tim Bishop (R-NY).
Teens are notoriously bad risk takers, but advocates have become increasingly alarmed by the rise of cell phones and other electronic devices. Distracted driving campaigns have zeroed in on adolescents and their texting.
The bill would force states to take on three-stage licensing schemes with unrestricted driving privileges delayed until age 18. The process involves learners permits with passenger restrictions and cell phone bans. It would also let the federal government set standards withholding full licenses from kids caught driving recklessly, with DUIs or other violations.
Teens in the intermediate license phase would face restrictions on night driving and on the number of car passengers.
States would have three years to put in minimum requirements.
“If they don’t, they would face penalties and reductions in funding,” said Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, D-NY.
The bill authorizes $25 million to help states put new laws in place. Lawmakers said they intend to attach the bill to surface transportation legislation expected to move in Congress later this year.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) Have you ever been out to a restaurant with a group of people and one person didn't quite finish their entree? Whenever this happens, I'm usually the first to broach that eternal question, "You gonna eat that?"
I realize in some circles this is interpreted as uncouth behavior. I ask the question not to offend, but simply as a means to distribute a meal more efficiently. In other words, if you're not going to eat it, I will.
And I'm not the only one who holds these controversial views. Ten Democratic Senators from the northeast sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday asking that $2.4 million in high speed rail funds semi-rejected by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) be redirected to their states. In other words, if Florida won't eat it, they will.
Full text of the letter after the jump...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.
"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."
"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) were in the hospital room when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) opened her eyes. They talked to reporters on Air Force One about their their hosipital visit and the bond the three women lawmakers share.
(Transcript provided by the White House Press Office)
Monday, January 10, 2011
By Azi Paybarah
You can start now!
Here's the ad the campaign posted, seeking interns, on the listserv JobsThatAreLeft:
Gillibrand for Senate Internship Announcement:
Gillibrand for Senate seeks energetic, hard working individuals to help in a variety of roles on the campaign. The campaign is based in New York City and has internship openings starting immediately. This position presents a unique opportunity for talented individuals to gain significant experience on a fast paced campaign and launch a career in the field of politics and government. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-481-2010 for more information.
Gillibrand easily won her primary and general election last year. But that was to finish the remainder of Hillary Clinton's term. This upcoming election, in 2012, she will be running for a full six-year term.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
Justin Krebs talked about his piece on the Brian Lehrer Show Thursday, December 23rd. You can listen to it above.
Senator Charles Schumer is famous for his Sunday press conferences, but it was New York’s junior Senator – Kirsten Gillibrand – who was in the media spotlight this Sunday. The lead articles on The New York Times website about the historic repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" featured a photograph of the Senator who had championed this legislation in DC, over the airwaves and over her own email list for months. Right below was an article on the final push for a meaningful action to support the health of the first responders on 9/11…and the article led with quotes from Senator Gillibrand, who has been working to pass this legislation through the Senate.
New York is full of big personalities, but on this issue, Senator Gillibrand proved herself as vocal and visible as our billionaire Mayor, media-savvy senior Senator and even her predecessor, the current Secretary of State. What matters even more to New Yorkers than her ability to make headlines may be her effectiveness. It’s not a done deal yet, but the Senator is hoping for a "Christmas Miracle."
So speaking on behalf of at least some New York liberals, let me say: "Sorry – we were wrong."
Friday, December 03, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
In her column today, Cindy Adams hints at a lot more than she writes:
"Kirsten Gillibrand. Anyone note she never mentions her father? I've heard he never speaks to his son. Who is the father married to?"
A spokesman for Gillibrand declined to comment. The only family member to have really made news was Gillibrand's grandmother, who was a political powerhouse years ago in Albany.
Digging into the personal life of a public official raises all sorts of thorny questions, none of which lend themselves to easy answers about when to, and when not to, dig deep.
But the relationship between two family members who happen to be related to a public officials seems like an even less approchable terrain. So, anybody know what Adams is up to, let me know.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Supporters of the federal 9/11 health bill hope a week-long exhibit in Washington, D.C. will help them rally the votes needed to push the measure through Congress.
TN Moving Stories: LA Looks At Congestion Pricing, a Streetcar Named Red Hook, and Is NY Closer to ARC $?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
By Kate Hinds
Is New York "well-positioned" to snag some federal ARC funds? Senator Gillibrand spoke to Ray LaHood Monday -- and she thinks signs point to yes. (Wall Street Journal)
The Los Angeles MTA is considering bringing some form of congestion pricing to the city. (Los Angeles Times)
Ray LaHood predicts that Rahm Emanuel will win Chicago's mayoral race. (Chicago Sun-Times)
China will soon have more miles of high speed rail tracks than the rest of the world put together. (NPR)
The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign heads to the DC region. Just in time for the holidays! (Washington Post)
Some airline travelers are not so happy about new TSA screening requirements. Neither are pilots. (NPR)
More on New York's taxi of the future finalists. (WNYC)
GM dealers say that Chevy Volt production has begun. (Detroit Free Press)
Is F train performance now better than...an F? New York City Transit says yes. (New York Times)
Friday, November 05, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
If you're counting top vote-getter in the state, it goes to Schumer:
That's according to AP reports of the polling numbers. So, New York is still Schumer country, even if Cuomo is its governor.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won 28 years ago.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won twenty-eight years ago. Cuomo easily defeated Carl Paladino, a self financed businessman who promised to take a baseball bat to the state's political establishment. Instead, New Yorkers elected a political veteran with a long Democratic pedigree.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Annie Correal : El Diario/La Prensa
When Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was named U.S. senator for New York in 2009, to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, some immigrant advocates (and the editorial board of El Diario) decried the appointment, pointing to her historically conservative record on immigration issues. El Diario went as far as to publish a cover story on Gillibrand with the headline, "Anti Inmigrante."
Friday, October 15, 2010
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
From health care, to tax cuts, to foreign policy, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Joe DioGuardi, found little to agree on in their first debate of the campaign, at WABC-TV's studios on Friday afternoon.