Friday, January 23, 2009

Aide: Paterson picks Gillibrand as next NY senator

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. David Paterson has picked Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant U.S. Senate seat, an aide to the governor said early Friday, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly withdrew from consideration.

Gillibrand, a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York, will be named to fill the seat vacated when Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned to become secretary of state in the Obama administration, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity because an announcement hadn't been made. An announcement was scheduled for later Friday.

Gillibrand's office didn't immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

She was considered one of the top contenders in Paterson's selection process, with the front-runners considered to be Kennedy and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

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