Kirsten Gillibrand

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Gillibrand Touts Urban Jobs Act in NYC, but Can it Pass?

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.

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Queen of Soul to Play Charlie Rangel's Birthday Party

Monday, August 08, 2011

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.

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Gillibrand's Bipartisan Partisan Pitch to Women

Thursday, July 07, 2011

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.

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Transportation Nation

Lawmakers Want National Standard for Teen Licenses

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.

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Gillibrand's Fight: The War on Women

Monday, March 07, 2011

I feel like it's much more of an all out assault on women that is not just about reproductive rights. Apparently they don't believe that women's health care should be funded. Companies and organizations and not for profits like Planned Parenthood, that's their job. They outreach to at-risk women and deliver a full range of health care services to them, including mammograms and pre-cancer screenings and including prenatal care, so when the pregnant women needs help to make sure that the child she bears is healthy, they don't even want to fund that.

N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrandon The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Transportation Nation

Senators To Florida: You Gonna Eat Those HSR Funds?

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...

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MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

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."

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Transcript: Gillibrand Describes Visit with Giffords

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)

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The Empire

Helping Gillibrand's campaign

Monday, January 10, 2011

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 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.

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A Liberal To Senator Gillibrand: I'm Sorry

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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."

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Sen. Gillibrand Lays Out Lame Duck Agenda

Friday, December 03, 2010

As embarrassing as some of these more candid comments may be, it is now pretty clear the extent to which we have been working diplomatically, and have been engaging friends and allies around the world on critical questions ranging from Korea to Iran.

-Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York, speaking about the DREAM Act on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Senator Gillibrand on the Lame Duck Session

Friday, December 03, 2010

Read a recap of this conversation at It's A Free Country»»

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talks about pending legislation in the lame duck session, including the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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The Empire

Gillibrand's Family

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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.

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Supporters of 9/11 Health Bill Hope Exhibit Rallies Votes

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.


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TN Moving Stories: LA Looks At Congestion Pricing, a Streetcar Named Red Hook, and Is NY Closer to ARC $?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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)

If a Republican House bans earmarks, one of those transportation projects in doubt could be the Minneapolis region's Central Corridor light rail. (Minnesota Public Radio)

New York's Department of Transportation will present its Brooklyn Streetcar Feasibility Study (read: trolley service in Red Hook) at a community board meeting tonight. (NYC DOT)

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 F? New York City Transit says yes. (New York Times)

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Schumer beats Cuomo

Friday, November 05, 2010

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.

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Cuomo Wins Governor's Race, Schumer and Gillibrand Returning to Senate

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won 28 years ago.

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Cuomo is New York's Next Governor, Schumer and Gillibrand Returning to Senate

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.

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Gillibrand Trying to Brand Herself As Pro-Immigrant Candidate

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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."



Gillibrand, DioGuardi Square Off in First Debate of Senate Campaign

Friday, October 15, 2010

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.

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