Thursday, October 26, 2006

Early Edition

Read about Former President Bill Clinton's visit to the area in support of Kirsten Gillibrand here.

I can't find it in the free version of the paper, but the Post Star's Maury Thompson has an article in today's paper about Gillibrand:

Gillibrand touts tourism, agriculture in address

Democratic candidate speaks to Glens Falls Kiwanis Club members

GLENS FALLS -- Democratic congressional candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said she wants to be a champion of agriculture and tourism in the Adirondacks and the Hudson River valley.

"The federal government used to have a role in doing that," Gillibrand said in a speech to the Glens Falls Kiwanis Club.

"There used to be a program that gave money for tourism -- international tourism in particular. Lake Placid was one of the first recipients of that kind of money," said Gillibrand, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, R-Clifton Park.

As well as seeking federal support, Gillibrand pledged to personally tout the region.

In an interview after the speech, Gillibrand said if elected, she would initiate a tourism program modeled after the Farm to Fork program U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., started.

Clinton's program helps upstate farmers network with owners and chefs of New York City restaurants.

Gillibrand said she would work to make similar linkages in tourism, and also to expand local outlets for farm products.

"Over and over again, our farmers have been telling me they are struggling," she said in her speech.

Gillibrand said she has already asked Democratic House leaders to appoint her to the House Agriculture Committee if she is elected.

Among other issues, Gillibrand, a lawyer from Greenport, outside the city of Hudson, said if elected, she would join Democratic leaders in calling for the reversal of some of President Bush's tax cuts.

"I would support a reversal of tax cuts for families earning more than a million dollars," she said.

Sweeney has called for making President Bush's tax cuts permanent.

Gillibrand reiterated her opposition to privatizing Social Security.

"If you're 65 and the stock market crashes, you're on your own. And you will have no safety net," she said.

Gillibrand also said President Bush should set a deadline to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.

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