Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Gov. David Paterson has picked Democratic U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant U.S. Senate seat. At the press conference announcing the governor's pick, take a look at who's right next to Paterson. It's former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, now a lobbyist. From left to right, in the screen: Speaker Shelley Silver, D'Amato, Paterson, Gillebrand, Schumer. Behind them are several legislators, and Judith Hope, former chief of the NY Democratic party.
Gillibrand pledges to get to know her constituents in New York State.
Paterson innumerate the positive qualities of his senate pick.
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