FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON SELECTION OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND AS U.S. SENATOR
"As I have said, the Governor had a large field of qualified candidates to choose from. In his selection of Congresswoman Gillibrand, he has chosen a committed member of the House of Representatives from upstate New York. Our Administration has worked well with her and her staff on a number of issues, including watershed protection.
"However, I have a strong disagreement with one area of her record as a member of Congress: illegal guns. She has actively opposed the efforts of New York City, and cities around the state and nation, to enact commonsense measures that keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals. For instance, she has co-sponsored legislation to deny key data cities and police need to track illegal gun criminals, as well as to tie the hands of the ATF and to protect dealers who sell guns illegally.
"Now, as she begins representing the whole state, I look forward to working with her to help her gain a broader understanding of the problems affecting New York City so she can be an effective advocate for all New Yorkers."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958