Gillibrand is committed to serving priorities, needs of local citizens

To the editor: After winning a strong grassroots victory in 2006, Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is serving her first term in Congress. Two years later, she is still fighting to reform Washington and deliver for Upstate New York families. As a Member on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, Kirsten has been able to affect important pieces of legislation and promote Upstate New York's priorities.On the Agriculture Committee, Kirsten played a vital role in crafting the Farm Bill so that northeast fruit, vegetable and dairy farmers receive increased assistance in getting their goods to market, and she also fought to increase funding for rural infrastructure construction and repair projects. Congresswoman Gillibrands Armed Services Committee work has allowed her to ensure that American troops have adequate body armor and that service members and their families receive the support that they deserve, like increased health, housing and payment benefits. She is also active in the Blue Dog Coalition, which is focused on finding bipartisan solutions to maintaining a strong national defense and restoring fiscal responsibility to Washington. As a leader in the Coalition, Kirsten introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution in order to ban deficit spending and reduce our national debt. In Congress, Kirsten is committed to passing policies that will keep America safe, cut taxes for middle class families and bring jobs and federal investments back to our region. Kirsten understands that partisanship is not going to solve our country's most pressing issues, and she was recently ranked as one of the most independent-minded Members of the House of Representatives. Throughout her career, Kirsten has demonstrated her commitment to public service. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Special Counsel to then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. She drafted legislation for public and private investment in building infrastructure in lower income areas. As an attorney for fifteen years, Kirsten helped New York families that needed free legal representation, including abused women and their children who needed protection, and families in homes where lead paint was found. For these and many more reasons, I will be voting on Tuesday, November 4 to re-elect Congresswoman GIllibrand as our districts Representative in Washington, D.C. I hope you will, too. Wanda E. Zygmuntowicz Clifton Park

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