Gillibrand to Meet Privately with Gay Leaders

Kirsten Gillibrand is having a closed-door meet-and-greet with prominent members of the gay community in Manhattan tonight, and among the expected guests are, according to a knowledgeable source, Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsiao, the gay couple Rudy Giuliani lived with briefly during his divorce, but whose recent wedding Giuliani skipped.

The meeting, according to another source, is taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Gramercy Park South home of Jeff Soref, a major Democratic gay-rights activist.

Also expected to attend are City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Eliot Spitzer’s former aide, Sean Patrick Maloney, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Alan Van Cappelle, and Dr. Marjorie Hill, the chief executive officer of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. The meeting comes amid growing speculation about the challenges Gillibrand will face in a Democratic primary next year. She has, for her part, been reaching out to adddress concerns about positions she took during her one term as a member of Congress, where she represented a conservative-leaning district near Albany.

Jason Horowitz reported earlier this year that Gillibrand had to promise David Paterson she would make connections with the gay community before he would name her senator.