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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to answer questions at Syracuse town hall meeting

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to answer questions at Syracuse town hall meeting


U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will return to central New York next week for a town hall meeting. 

The town hall meeting featuring Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse. 

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP, go to

Public parking is available across the street from the center and on adjacent streets. 

Gillibrand last held a town hall meeting in central New York in 2017. She answered questions for more than an hour at Syracuse University. That event was the first in a series of town hall meetings she held across the state. 

After serving in the House of Representatives for parts of two terms, Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2009. She succeeded Hillary Clinton, who resigned from the Senate to become secretary of state. 

Gillibrand won the 2010 election to fill the remaining two years of Clinton's term, then was elected to a full six-year term in 2012. 

When she won reelection in 2018, she received 4,056,931 votes — the most of any statewide candidate in New York. 

Gillibrand announced in January 2019 that she would seek the Democratic presidential nomination. It was difficult for her to gain traction in a crowded field. She bowed out of the race in August. 

Since ending her presidential bid, Gillibrand resumed her Senate duties. She recently introduced a bill that would establish a federal data protection agency. She's also continuing to work on combating sexual assaults in the military. 

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.


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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at

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