Kirsten Gillibrand

Could Turner Threaten Gillibrand?

The Republican who parlayed Orthodox anti-Obama sentiment into a House victory, now has his eyes on the Senate.

03/13/2012
Staff Writer

The decision of Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens) to jump into the race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday caught many political observers by surprise and suddenly made Gillibrand’s quest for re-election anything but a cakewalk, according to analysts.

“It was like throwing a grenade into the race,” said one Republican insider. “It really shakes everything up.”

Rep. Bob Turner announced Tuesday that he is challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her New York seat.

Senators To Saudis: Let Women Drive

A bipartisan group of 14 female U.S. senators wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia this week urging him to give the women of his kingdom the right to drive a care "once and for all." 

Tim Boxer: Political Plaudits for Met Council

06/05/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

The Celebrate Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue got off to a rousing start Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel where a score of politicians mounted the podium to outdo each other in praise of the Jewish homeland.

It's become a tradition for politicos leading the parade to come first to the annual legislative breakfast of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, now known as Met Council .

Under the direction of board chair Merryl H. Tisch, 16 individuals received leadership awards for their support of the council's efforts to alleviate poverty in New York.

Met Council chair Merryl Tisch, Sylvia Hiat and Sen.Kristen Gillibrand at the legislative breakfast. Photo: Tim Boxer

U.S. Won’t Participate in Durban III, State Dept. Says

06/02/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States will not participate in Durban III, this September, the State Department said.

In a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs, confirmed the United States would not attend the conference, which in its previous iterations has been a forum for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment.

U.S. Senate Unanimously Calls on U.N. to Rescind Goldstone

04/15/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and James Risch (R-Idaho) initiated the resolution last week after Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, retracted a key conclusion of the U.N. report he helped author on the 2009 Gaza war -- that Israel had targeted civilians as a policy.

Congressional Initiatives Targeting Goldstone Report

04/11/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Legislation calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report is circulating in both houses of Congress.

A Senate resolution, introduced April 8 by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and James Risch (R-Idaho), calls on the U.N. Human Rights Council to "reflect the author’s repudiation of the Goldstone report’s central findings, rescind the report, and reconsider further Council actions with respect to the report’s findings."

Gillibrand, Kirk Mobilize Senate on Palestinian Incitement

03/17/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 A letter circulating in the Senate calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to detail steps the U.S. is taking to end Palestinian incitement against Israeli civilians. The letter is in response to Friday’s stabbing massacre of five members of a Jeiwsh family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

Bipartisan Push In Congress For Tougher Iran Sanctions

02/18/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Citing the movement of two Iranian warships toward the Suez Canal and a potential confrontation with Israel, a bipartisan group of members of Congress on Wednesday called for tougher sanctions against Tehran to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

"If we can bring greater transparency to any investment being made in Iran, we can defund nuclear development in one of the world’s most hostile nations,” said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, in a conference call with reporters. “America can not and will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.”

Egypt, Iran Top Pols’ Concerns At JCRC Event

Reason for optimism in post-Mubarak era, says Schumer, at congressional breakfast; Tehran nuclear ambitions worry N.Y. delegation.

02/15/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 The uncertain future of Israel’s powerful neighbor dominated the speeches at Sunday’s annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, held less than 48 hours after the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt.

“Being Jewish, I worry,” said Sen. Charles Schumer at the JCRC congressional breakfast Sunday, addressing the changing Middle Ea

PLO Mission Raises Flag in D.C.

01/18/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The PLO office in Washington raised a flag for the first time.

"It's about time that this flag that symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in the United States," said Palestine Liberation Organization envoy Maen Areikat in a brief ceremony Tuesday outside its Dupont Circle offices. "We hope that this will help in the international efforts to provide recognition for the Palestinian state."

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