Tag Archives: Kirsten Gillibrand

Dems sweep state’s top positions

4 Nov
Special to the AmNews

Unlike the rest of the country, where the Republicans reaped a harvest of votes and almost ran the midterm tables, the state senate race in New York remains a big question mark with three races still up for grabs.

Not in doubt, though, are the state’s top positions that were handily retained by the Democrats with Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo defeating Carl Paladino by a two-to-one margin out of a total of some 2.5 million votes. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand beat back their Republican opponents; Eric Schneiderman, after a nip and tuck race with Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, is the new attorney general-elect; and Thomas DiNapoli, who replaced Alan Havesi as state comptroller, finally edged out Harry Wilson.

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Dems celebrate rousing win in Midtown

4 Nov
By CYRIL JOSH BARKER, Amsterdam News Staff

Celebration and jubilation filled the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Midtown Manhattan as the Democratic Party managed to win several key races on Tuesday night. Supporters and power players filled the ballroom, hobnobbing while preparing for the next four years of strategy to get New York State in order.

Shortly after polls closed, Andrew Cuomo was named the projected winner of the governor’s race. Cuomo pounced his GOP and Tea Party darling opponent Carl Paladino, who set up shop with his own election night party across the street at the Hilton. In the end, Cuomo took 60 percent of the votes.

Tuesday night’s victory party also brought out several winners from the Democratic Party, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, who retained their seats, while Eric Schneiderman was elected state attorney general. Continue reading

Amsterdam News Primary Endorsements

26 Aug

As this year’s election season is gearing up, candidates seeking the endorsement of the New York Amsterdam News made their annual pilgrimage to the endorsement meetings. The meetings, all held in one day, saw the likes of experienced senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial hopefuls to young men and women running for public office for the first time.

At this point in time, the Amsterdam News is only releasing endorsements for the primary elections. If a candidate does not have a primary, you will not see them mentioned until our final round of endorsements come later in the year.
Here are our picks for the 2010 primary election:

all endorsements

Olanike T. Alabi
Latrice Monique Walker
Barbara M. Clark
Jeffrion Aubry
John Ruiz
Herman D. Farrell
Bill Perkins
Edolphus Towns
Charles B. Rangel
Kirsten Gillibrand
Eric Schneiderman

Amsterdam News Primary Endorsements: Kirsten Gillibrand

19 Aug

U.S. Senator: Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand was thrown onto the statewide scene in what some look at as a total political debacle. She was a local congresswoman with little statewide experience and even less recognition. She was appointed to the position of senator by Governor David Paterson after then-Senator Hillary Clinton was appointed to become U.S. secretary of state.

She came in with mixed reviews but, slowly, she has proven to be a diligent and quick learner and is quickly distinguishing herself has the state’s junior senator.

Her position on key issues have been on point, and we see her as having a keen grasp of the needs of our communities and how to address them.

She came in on the correct side of the issues when it came to our community. She now has a keen understanding of what some of the needs are of our communities and how to address them.

Gillibrand has committed herself to investing in job creation across the state, finding unique ways to replace jobs that have left the state with new industries with a true commitment to renewable energy and has pushed for a nationwide effort to rebuild our infrastructure. Her plan also calls for retraining and retooling of our manufacturers to produce new sources of clean, homegrown energy to fuel our economy for the new century.

Through those initiatives, there will be greater investment in New York’s world-class universities and research institutions to develop new technologies to turn our natural resources into renewable fuel. Gillibrand is also pushing for training more teachers in the areas of math and science to ensure the next generation will keep America competitive.

And to keep America and the state competitive, you also need a healthy state. That is why she knows that reforming our healthcare system and investing in education are critical to the long-term health of the economy.

Kirsten Gillibrand has a vision for New York. She has a vision for the future of our children, and she understands that people of color are a critical and unique part of the future. That is why the New York Amsterdam News endorses Kirsten Gillibrand for United States senator.

Surveying New York’s Political Landscape: Key Senate Races

30 Jul


While most political pundits have been focusing on the federal elections and whether or not the Democrats can retain both the House and the Senate, New York State politics are also heating up.

Statewide, there are battles for the governor’s mansion, attorney general and state comptroller. And the Democrats would like to increase their slim, two-seat majority in the State Senate, and the Republicans want to take back the body they controlled for more than 40 years.

The stakes are high.

Election Day 2010 may shape the next decade-plus of city and state politics for better or worse. The AmNews highlighted some of the more important races and what they mean to our communities in New York City and throughout the state.


Because of the fear of less diversity in Albany, it’s important that the Democrats maintain power in the State Senate. All 62 State Senate seats are up for grabs, with the Republicans hoping to regain the majority. If a Republican is elected governor, the party needs to gain only one seat in the Senate. If a Democrat is elected governor, the Republicans would need two seats for a majority—assuming that the lieutenant governor would break the tie during votes.

Some key races in the Senate include Kemp Hannon, a Republican, battling Democrat Dave Mejias for the District 6 seat, which spreads from Garden City to Farmingdale. Hannon has held this seat since 1989 but dodged a bullet in 2008 when he edged out newcomer Kristen M. McElroy by 4 percentage points (52 percent to 48 percent on Election Day 2008).

Charlie Ramos, a former liaison to former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, is challenging Ruben Diaz Sr. for the 32nd District State Senate seat in the Bronx. Diaz has been a difficult partner for his Democratic colleagues. At times, he has sided with sometimes renegade State Sen. Pedro Espada, and he has come out publicly against gay marriage, catching the ire of gay rights’ groups. Ramos was recently endorsed by the Empire State Pride Agenda, a local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organization.

Juan Gustavo Rivera, a political aide who worked for senatorial and presidential campaigns for Kirsten Gillibrand and Barack Obama respectively, will challenge the controversial Espada for his Senate seat in the 33rd District. The state Democratic Party started to move on potentially ousting Espada from the ranks earlier this month. Espada is under investigation for allegedly using public money for personal-political business when he channeled finances to the Soundview Healthcare Network, a non-profit organization in Espada’s district that he owns. Espada believes that the Democratic Party’s actions are being steered by Cuomo as he asserts his power early.

Malcolm Smith mentioned a State Senate race in Long Island between Democrat Brian
Foley and Republican Lee Zeldin. It’s one of the seats the Republicans need to regain if
they are going to have any realistic hope of regaining a majority in the State Senate.