Kirsten Gillibrand

Op-ed: It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage
News Op-Ed 4/06/2014 at 11:09AM

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage. Hard-working families are doing all they can to make ends meet during the worst economy of our lifetime – but through no fault of their own – feel like they are just slipping further behind.

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 3/10/2014 at 7:53AM

TODAY’S FORECAST: Monday: Overcast. High near 50. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/24/2014 at 7:39AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 19. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Low around 15. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Alex Blake Quartet Blake is a modern bass virtuoso recognized for his mastery of the classical upright bass [...]

Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 receives nearly $2M in storm recovery funds
Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 receives nearly $2M in storm recovery funds
South Maggie Hayes 12/16/2013 at 1:46PM

Twelve feet of water rushed into the basement of P.S. 207 during Sandy, leaving the Howard Beach school with over $2 million worth of damages. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder announced Monday roughly $1.82 million is on the way for repairs. “It’s been over a year since Sandy tore apart our schools [...]

Cuomo, Gillibrand back Paul Vallone in District 19 race
Cuomo, Gillibrand back Paul Vallone in District 19 race
Politics Queens Courier Staff 10/30/2013 at 10:54AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Democratic City Council candidate Paul Vallone for District 19 Wednesday. Cuomo said Vallone could carry the legacy of his family. “I have known the Vallone family for decades and admire their contributions of public service to the City of New York,” the governor said in a [...]

200 homes in Bayside, Flushing file airplane noise complaints last month
200 homes in Bayside, Flushing file airplane noise complaints last month
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/26/2013 at 10:50AM

Almost all the noise complaints filed last month at three major airports came from Queens, according to data obtained by The Courier. More than 700 calls about airplane noise flooded LaGuardia Airport this June, while 348 grievances came in about John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to statistics from the Port Authority of New York [...]

Feds approve city’s $1.77B Sandy recovery plan
Feds approve city’s $1.77B Sandy recovery plan
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/10/2013 at 4:37PM

The city’s $1.77 billion Sandy recovery plan was federally approved, officials announced Friday. “This is an important day in the recovery process for families and small businesses who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “These critical federal funds will help families get back on their feet and help hard hit communities [...]

U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
Politics Queens Courier Staff 4/25/2013 at 8:56AM

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, [...]

Queens congressmembers get mixed results on environment
Politics Melissa Chan 2/26/2013 at 3:38PM

Some Queens congressmembers aced their green test last year. But some were average, and one was at the bottom of the class. That is according to the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) latest national environmental scorecard. Congressmembers Steve Israel and Carolyn Maloney were tops, with each scoring a 97, followed by Joseph Crowley [...]

Bloomberg visits D.C. seeking federal aid
Bloomberg visits D.C. seeking federal aid
News Billy Rennison 11/29/2012 at 12:13PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the nation’s capital yesterday meeting with lawmakers to request Sandy aid, while Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a neighboring governor in appealing for maximum federal support. “Hurricane recovery is not a partisan issue – and in New York, we have a united front of Democrats and Republicans,” said Bloomberg, who was accompanied [...]