Sen. Gillibrand pays first official visit to Long Island
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) visited Long Island Friday to talk with residents and lawmakers during one of her "listening tours."
In Glen Cove, Gillibrand had a private meeting with Nassau elected officials and political leaders. Much of the discussion centered on the economic stimulus and recovery packages from Washington. According to Gillibrand, they discussed ?what kind of investments will make a difference for Long Island and how we can create jobs so that families can provide for their children.?
Leaders put their two cents in on issues like high property taxes, infrastructure, guns and Long Island getting its money?s worth from Washington.
The new senator also stopped in Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's 4th Congressional District. McCarthy has been vocal in her criticism of Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate due to her stance on gun control.
"While I support the Second Amendment, that's a very different issue from making sure that we keep guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce gun violence in communities," Gillibrand told News 12 Long Island.
McCarthy has said she may run against Gillibrand in 2010.
Gillibrand says she?ll visit Suffolk County in the spring when Congress is out of session.
To watch Scott Feldman's full interview with Sen. Gillibrand, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.