WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Thursday joined a growing list of officials protesting the Trump administration's plan to reduce the number of agencies bringing refugees to Buffalo. “Buffalo’s refugee resettlement agencies help ease their transition to life in America," said Gillibrand, a New York Democrat. "The latest move by the Trump Administration to shut down these agencies is another shameful attack by this President on our values. Our state has always welcomed people from all over the world, and I am calling on the Department of State to reject any plan to close resettlement agencies in New York.” Gillibrand's comments referred to a state department plan that could result in one or two of Buffalo's four refugee resettlement agencies no longer doing that work starting in 2019. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Rep. Brian Higgins lodged similar protests. … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand protests refugee cutbacks
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Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, won her bid for a second full term Tuesday, defeating Republican Chele Farley in a little-noticed contest. Gillibrand appeared headed to a second consecutive double-digit win. The Associated Press called the contest for Gillibrand shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. The outcome was no surprise, given the Democratic Party's enrollment edge in New York and Gillibrand's political assets. Gillibrand – long one of the Senate's most adept fundraisers – spent nearly 11 times more on her campaign than Farley did as of Oct. 18. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, two-thirds of voters who responded to a mid-October Quinnipiac University poll said they didn't know enough about Farley to have an opinion of her. Gillibrand based her campaign on her record as an active senator who also took a lead on national issues. Farley, a partner and managing director at a private equity firm in New York, countered by arguing that Gillibrand had not … [Read more...] about AP: Gillibrand wins re-election
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.
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