In her first meeting with Jewish leaders, the Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, the newly appointed U.S. Senator from New York, met recently with Harold Tanner and Malcolm Hoenlein, the immediate past chair and executive vice-chairman, respectively, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, for an extensive discussion of issues of concern to the Jewish community.
“We had a very productive and far-ranging discussion on issues ranging from the Middle East and Iran to the rise of anti-Semitism. Senator Gillibrand has knowledge of domestic security issues from her time serving on the House Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Congress,” said Tanner. “We also found her views about the United Nations consistent with our own, and she expressed particular concern about the upcoming ‘Durban II’ conference.”
Senator Gillibrand expressed a desire to develop a close working relationship with the Jewish community and has already taken steps toward that end in order to better understand and address the domestic and international concerns of our community, according to the Conference of Presidents officials. They opined that the community will find her to be a strong advocate for many issues, as she expressed great concern about the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe and its manifestation here and the need to address it. She also concurred about the danger of a nuclear Iran and the need to take necessary steps to prevent it, they reported.
Ms. Gillibrand was serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate by New York Governor David Paterson on January 23.