Kirsten Gillibrand

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In wake of the on-going federal investigation into campuses assaults and rapes U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation designed to curb sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.   The Campus Accountability & Safety Act contains several provisions.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for passage of a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance student loans at a lower rate. The national student loan debt is at roughly $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt.

Gillibrand agenda seeks to help working families

Jan 17, 2014
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point plan in Buffalo Friday that she says would update workplace rules to strengthen middle-class families.

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New federal funding has been targeted for the Western New York region to shore up security at international points of entry.

Gillibrand calls for openness on Prism Program

Jun 9, 2013
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Revelations this week by Britain's Guardian newspaper that the federal government is sweeping up records of communications and transactions between millions of Americans has members of both houses of Congress calling for thorough investigations into the allegations. Among them is New York's junior senator.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand told reporters in Albany while she appreciates the need for intelligence gathering, a balance must be maintained.

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The federal government is launching a new campaign to draw more international visitors to the region.

U.S. Senator Gillibrand pushes manufacturing bill

Feb 11, 2013
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Harper International in Lancaster Monday to announce the “Made in America Manufacturing Act.” It’s the Senator’s first bill to go before the new Congress.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has won election to her first full term representing New York, fending off a challenge from Republican Wendy Long. 

Roundtable focuses on cross-border commerce

Jul 3, 2012
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion in Niagara Falls Tuesday morning to discuss ways for business leaders and elected officials to improve cross-border commerce.

Local stakeholders and area business leaders gathered in the City of Niagara Falls Tuesday  to attend a roundtable discussion on improving cross-border commerce hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. 

Gillibrand was joined by Rep. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Brian Higgins to discuss trade barriers and opportunities in tourism across the U.S./Canada border.  

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It’s the first time in around 40 years that New York has held June primaries.

The state was forced to change the date from September to be in compliance with a federal  rule that requires  adequate time between primary day and election day to distribute election ballots to service men and women overseas.  

Turn out is expected to be low, for that reason and a number of other factors.  

The only statewide primary features three largely unknown candidates who want a shot at running against US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins together announced new legislation that will assist the founding of small businesses.

The Small Business Tax Extenders Act will provide limitations for taxing capital gains, raise levels for writing off expenditures for permits, equipment and other necessary expenses, and restructure the process for claiming business credits.

The initiative is expected to greatly assist businesses owned by women.

Republican Senatorial candidate Wendy Long was in Buffalo on Saturday, espousing her views for a reformed tax code.

Long is a Manhattan attorney, pursuing her party's nod to contest Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in this year's election. Long emphasized the need for a simpler and fairer tax code. She denounced raising taxes on millionaires. She also called for the end of tax loopholes and a cap on taxes for business owners and employers.

Long is being challenged for the GOP nod by two other candidates.

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Three candidates will be on the ballot in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.  New York City attorney Wendy Long received the most votes in Friday's convention in Rochester with around 47%, followed by Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who both received just over the 25% required to avoid seeking petitions.  Long, a New York City attorney who is originally from New Hampshire, says she has many similarities with Gillibrand.