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Environmental Leagues Support Choice of Kirsten Gillibrand to Fill Vacant NY Senate Seat

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or January 28, 2009  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which work to turn environmental values into political priorities, strongly supported Governor Paterson’s choice of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the open New York Senate seat.
“Kristin Gillibrand has been a great friend in the House and will be a powerful ally in the Senate,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “In her first year, she voted in favor of clean energy and environmental protection 95% of the time.  She understands the powerful potential of clean, renewable energy to create American jobs and will be a key vote on clean energy issues.”

"Gillibrand's predecessor, Hillary Clinton, left some pretty big green shoes to fill as New York's former junior senator " said NYLCV President, Marcia Bystryn. "Governor Paterson has made an excellent choice by elevating Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to fill them."

Rep. Gillibrand is working to make New York a leader in energy independence, shift U.S. energy policies away from a dependence on oil, create new jobs, increase national security, and protect our natural resources. She is also a leader in the effort to bring “green” jobs to the region.

Ms. Gillibrand was elected in 2006 and LCV and NYLCV were among her early supporters endorsing her and investing financial resources on her behalf. Both organizations endorsed Ms. Gillibrand again in 2008.

“America needs to move away from its dependence on foreign oil and invest in the ingenuity and hard work of its citizens here,” Gillibrand said on July 31, 2008. “I am honored by the endorsement from LCV and NYLCV and am excited to advance this country towards a secure and abundant energy future.”  

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