Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Re: United States Senate Appointment
"Today's appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand by Governor Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is a shining example of our democratic process at work.
I applaud Governor Paterson for being deliberate and thoughtful throughout this process. In his appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate, Governor Paterson has made the right choice for New York's future. Throughout her career, Kirsten Gillibrand has exhibited the kind of leadership that has yielded results for the people in her district and the state of New York. She understands that the hard-working men and women of this state deserve tax relief, quality and affordable health care and every chance to receive the best educational opportunities for their children.
Her agenda to advance economic development opportunities and revitalize our communities is the kind of vision we need in Washington fighting for us. I have no doubt she will deliver for the people of this state and ensure that New York receives its fair share of the federal stimulus package. I look forward to partnering with her, as well as Senator Schumer, Governor Paterson and other legislative leaders as we work to get New York and the nation back on track."