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Amsterdam News primary endorsements

4/12/2011, 5:24 p.m.

His agenda is too numerous to go into in its entirety, but it is aggressive and ambitious. If anyone can accomplish these goals, it is Eric Schneiderman, and that is why the New York Amsterdam News endorses him for attorney general.

U.S. Senator

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand was thrown onto the statewide scene in what some look at as a total political debacle. She was a local congresswoman with little statewide experience and even less recognition. She was appointed to the position of senator by Governor David Paterson after then-Senator Hillary Clinton was appointed to become U.S. secretary of state.

She came in with mixed reviews but, slowly, she has proven to be a diligent and quick learner and is quickly distinguishing herself has the state's junior senator.

Her position on key issues have been on point, and we see her as having a keen grasp of the needs of our communities and how to address them.

She came in on the correct side of the issues when it came to our community. She now has a keen understanding of what some of the needs are of our communities and how to address them.

Gillibrand has committed herself to investing in job creation across the state, finding unique ways to replace jobs that have left the state with new industries with a true commitment to renewable energy and has pushed for a nationwide effort to rebuild our infrastructure. Her plan also calls for retraining and retooling of our manufacturers to produce new sources of clean, homegrown energy to fuel our economy for the new century.

Through those initiatives, there will be greater investment in New York's world-class universities and research institutions to develop new technologies to turn our natural resources into renewable fuel. Gillibrand is also pushing for training more teachers in the areas of math and science to ensure the next generation will keep America competitive.

And to keep America and the state competitive, you also need a healthy state. That is why she knows that reforming our healthcare system and investing in education are critical to the long-term health of the economy.

Kirsten Gillibrand has a vision for New York. She has a vision for the future of our children, and she understands that people of color are a critical and unique part of the future. That is why the New York Amsterdam News endorses Kirsten Gillibrand for United States senator.

Congress: 15th Congressional District

Charles B. Rangel

Charles B. Rangel has served the 15th Congressional District for 38 years as its congressman. He is the dean of the New York State delegation and one of the most senior congressmen of the august House of Representatives. At the ripe young age of 80, Rangel can still outpace his younger counterparts. His Empowerment Zone legislation has stood the test of years and continues to help communities across this city and this country.

Recent events have taken some time away from the business at hand for the congressman, however this has not stopped him from continuing his legacy of commitment and work toward helping his beloved New York.