CLAVERACK—At home with friends and allies, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the featured speaker Saturday, June 6, at the second annual Martin Van Buren Dinner, a gathering of Democrats from around the Columbia County. In her remarks, Ms. Gillibrand, a resident of Greenport, laid out her legislative priorities, with “true healthcare reform” near the top of the list.
The Democrats who gathered at the Columbia Golf and Country Club also honored three of their own: Kay Abraham, Dianne Klinger and George Rodenhausen for their service to the party.
After acknowledging the honorees and some early supporters of her first bid for electoral office—her successful race for Congress in 2006—New York’s junior senator quickly segued to policy matters, starting with the economy but moving briskly on to other matters, including national health insurance. “Standing up for public healthcare is the most important thing we can do,” she said, adding that her goal was a system that achieved “Medicare for all.”