BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State's Junior US Senator made a stop in the Queen Citytoday.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has now made two trips to the WNYarea. She couldn't help but address the grave economic crisis thatthe country is in.
"The crisis that we are facing needs a dramatic and very strongresponse" said Senator Gillibrand, "New York sends a dollar toWashington and we get back 79 cents. We have to change that, wehave to get our fair share."
Her first stop was to talk to the New York State Teachers Unionat the Buffalo Convention Center, where she ensured the crowd thatshe supports more funding to education, and was able to secure somefederally for New York.
"We got a lot of money for education, which helps to keep ourteachers teaching and keep resources in education community."
After that, it was on to the Broadway Market on Buffalo's Eastside, where Gillibrand again discussed federal stimulus money andthe need to kick start the economy with projects in infrastructureand those that encourage energy independence.
The broadway market has already seen some energy efficientchanges, such as lighting and heating.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was present and said, "We will be ableto save $25,000 - $30,000 a year."
The goal is to invest a $2.7 million federal grant into othercity buildings to do the same. Brown says it has the potential tosave the City $2 and a half million a year, and keep constructionworkers working for up to four years.
Senator Gillibrand also mentioned the much talked about highspeed rail line, which is expected to go from NYC to Niagara Falls.She says it's going to spur economic growth for upstate New Yorkand make it more desirable for big businesses to open up shop alongthe rail line.
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