This year's race between Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand – a possible Democratic presidential candidate – and Republican Chele Farley looks, on the surface, like a mismatch. Don't tell that to Farley, who's running a spirited but underfunded race against one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. To hear Farley tell it, Gillibrand's national prominence is the very reason voters ought to throw her out of the Senate. "She's focused on raising her profile to run for president, but what I care about is that she hasn't accomplished anything for New York," Farley said. Gillibrand begs to differ. Her office churned out a 12-page list of accomplishments that she said would benefit the state, such as legislation boosting rural broadband, studying waterfront erosion on the Great Lakes and funding construction at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. "I think what voters understand about me is that I really understand upstate," she said. "I understand the issues," such as agriculture and … [Read more...] about Chele Farley an underdog to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand? Not if you ask her.
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U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand said Friday she isn't prepared to make a decision now on whether to run for president. “I definitely think about how I can help New Yorkers and how I can be successful in getting more things done in Washington," Gillibrand said. "But, aspiring to a higher office is a very big decision. That’s why I’m not prepared to make it right now.” Because why? “I can think about it later," Gillibrand said during a meeting Friday with editors and reporters at The Buffalo News. But Gillibrand stopped short of saying she wouldn't run, despite a statement during a Thursday night debate that she would serve her six-year Senate term if elected. “I’m really running for Senate," Gillibrand said Friday in Buffalo. "I’m focused on my Senate race, and it’s important to serve in the Senate for New York, and there’s a lot of work still to be done in the Senate." Gillibrand's statements during the debate drew criticism … [Read more...] about Gillibrand on running for president: ‘I can think about it later’
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has been telling women to get "off the sidelines" and into politics for the better part of a decade and she's doled out more than $1.5 million in recent years to help them do it. But that's just part of what some observers say could be the New York Democrat's effort to win friends and influence politicians nationwide in advance of a possible run for the presidency in 2020. All told, federal records show that Gillibrand has raised and then spent more than $2 million since 2013 to help other Democrats in every corner of the country, including the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. That's more than twice as much as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has raised and spent, and more than 10 times as much as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has raised and spent to help other federal candidates. Gillibrand's generosity will make it hard for Democratic lawmakers who have received her help to say no if she comes around asking for a … [Read more...] about In pushing women ‘Off the Sidelines,’ Gillibrand may collect chits for 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand proposed a plan Wednesday that would give payday lenders some new government competition. The New York Democrat said she would introduce a bill that would create a Postal Bank – that is, a bank branch in each of the U.S. Postal Service locations. The move would be intended to end predatory payday lending by giving low-income Americans easy access to basic banking services right in their neighborhoods. “Millions of Americans are being forced into payday lending schemes that only exacerbate their money problems, and Congress has the ability to wipe out these predatory practices right now by creating a Postal Bank that would be accessible to everyone, everywhere,” Gillibrand said. Postal banking existed in the United States from 1911 to 1965 and still exists in other western democracies. But Gillibrand's proposal is likely to encounter fierce opposition from commercial banks, and is unlikely to go anywhere in the current … [Read more...] about Gillibrand proposes ‘postal bank’
WASHINGTON – New York's two U.S. senators are demanding answers from New York State Electric and Gas about its delayed response to last week's windstorm. Noting that NYSEG's customers across the state faced long delays in getting their power restored after the April 4 storm, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Monday wrote to Carl A. Taylor, president and CEO of NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric. "It is our understanding that local officials were originally told it would not take more than 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power, which was inaccurate," the senators, both Democrats, wrote. "Power was not fully restored until 72 hours after the storm." About 1,650 Erie County NYSEG customers suffered long delays in getting power restored, as did the utility's customers as far east as the Hudson Valley. The senators asked the utility to explain the delays and improve its response procedures before future storms strike. … [Read more...] about Schumer, Gillibrand rap NYSEG response to wind storm