Kirsten Gillibrand was an obscure U.S. representative from upstate when then-Governor David Paterson selected her to fill Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat in 2009. In the years since, Ms. Gillibrand has done much to raise her profile and to establish herself as more than an accidental senator.
She deserves a new, full term of her own. The Observer endorses her candidacy over that of her Republican opponent, Wendy Long.
There is much to recommend about Ms. Gillibrand.
For the past few weeks, longshot “Occupy” Senate candidate Scott Noren has been at war with the state politics blog and TV show Capital Tonight with angry ads on Albany politics sites and supposedly plans to fly a plane over the capitol. Today, Mr. Noren published a series of emails he claims inspired the feud. Mr. Noren became enraged with Capital Tonight host Liz Benjamin, one of the pre-eminent reporters on the Albany beat, after receiving what he described as a “less than professional” response from her following “several attempts to get media coverage on Capital Tonight.”
“You have come across as the most arrogant local newscaster I have ever encountered,” Mr. Noren wrote in the missive he released today.
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, August 3
The Ultimate Art Machine
Is the Guggenheim the Shake Shack of museums? Locations, locations, locations! Not content with outposts in the Basque Country and the United Arab Emirates (as well as the now-shuttered Las Vegas outpost, which seems in retrospect a bit of an overreach…to Read More
After Bin Laden
President Obama will be at the World Trade Center site tomorrow and–while former President George W. Bush won’t be joining him–a number of New York’s congressional representatives will be making the trip back from Washington.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand will both be in attendance. Congressman Nadler, who represents ground zero, will also be there. Read More
After Bin Laden
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she felt “extraordinary joy” at hearing the news about the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan yesterday.
“It’s a moment of triumph and I think it’s very important for New Yorkers,” she said in an interview on CBS’ Early Show this morning. She said she had spoken to some firefighters Read More
On the Senate floor today, Kirsten Gillibrand took a little swipe at her Republican colleague from Arizona, Jon Kyl.
Last week, Kyl told the C-SPAN cameras that providing abortions was “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does,” a statement his office later walked back as “not intended to be a factual statement.” Read More
This morning’s Quinnipiac poll says Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating is “higher than the governors in any state polled by Quinnipiac University so far this year.”
Here are the numbers:
Andrew Cuomo: 64-16 percent, last month, 56-15 percent.
Dem: 66-15 percent
GOP: 58-18 percent
Independent: 66-15 percent
Upstate: 62-16 percent
NYC: 66-14 percent
Suburbs: Read More
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t quite ready to endorse the tentative budget deal that averted a government shutdown late Friday evening.
“We still have a budget decision to be made,” she said this morning, when asked about the impending battle over the debt ceiling, which looks to be the next front of fiscal warfare.
Gillibrand was Read More
As it stands, the federal government will grind to a halt at midnight tonight, and it’s probably not an encouraging sign that House Republicans and Senate Democrats can’t even agree on what the sticking point is.
Two of your local representatives–one from each of those bodies–were on MSNBC this afternoon, arguing that the budget impasse Read More
At the Somos el Futuro legislative conference in Albany this weekend, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli could be seen hugging Senator Charles Schumer-not because he was feeling particularly affectionate, but because Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chairman of the conference, which gathers top Democratic officials to discuss issues of concern to Hispanic New Yorkers, had urged attendees to Read More