Monday, March 22, 2010

New York City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblywoman Meng Endorse Gillibrand for Senate

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Joined by Asian American community leaders, New York City Comptroller John C. Liu and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) formally endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senate this weekend, touting her work to rebuild New York’s economy by increasing lending and cutting taxes for small businesses to create thousands of new jobs immediately.

"Senator Gillibrand's vision and priorities clearly place New York families and small businesses first," said Comptroller John C. Liu. "She has the right ideas and a strong legislative strategy to rebuild our economy so it works for all New Yorkers. Within her first year, Senator Gillibrand has pushed forth proposals that promise real and wide-reaching results, like federal tax credits for small businesses who hire new workers and grow jobs.

Comptroller Liu continued, "Over the past year, the Senator has also demonstrated a strong understanding of how the broken immigration system has an enormous impact on New Yorkers. Beginning with her support for the Dream Act, Senator Gillibrand's consistent commitment to more humane, comprehensive immigration reform and creating paths to citizenship is reinvigorating and good for New York. This is why I am proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate."

“Kirsten is exactly the kind of fighter we need right now in the U.S. Senate,” said Assemblywoman Grace Meng. “She understands the challenges families are facing and she has shown she will never back down from a fight. Kirsten has spent time in our communities, hearing from local leaders, business owners and everyday families. She has been a leader in fighting to provide every child with the opportunities they need to succeed – from healthier school meals to better after-school programs. In these tough economic times, Kirsten is the right voice to help get our families back on track, and that’s why I am proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.”

“I am honored to have the support of Comptroller John Liu and Assemblywoman Grace Meng,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Comptroller Liu has been a fighter for New York families his entire life, from affordable housing to access to health care he has worked tirelessly for our communities. As Comptroller, he has hit the ground running working hard to ensure that small businesses thrive. Assemblywoman Meng's commitment to change, excellence in government and providing quality education is an inspiration to all of us in elected office. I am proud to be working with Comptroller Liu, Assemblywoman Meng and all the leaders of New York City to rebuild our economy and move New York in the right direction again.”

Comptroller Liu and Assemblywoman Meng are the latest of dozens of New York City’s leaders standing with Kirsten Gillibrand. From elected officials to community leaders, to teachers, doctors, nurses, environmental leaders, pro-choice advocates and civil rights leaders, thousands of New Yorkers are supporting Kirsten’s campaign. 

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