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to the editor:

the state legislature, under sen.charles schumer's albanyallies speaker sheldon silver and senate majority leader malcolm smith, selectedsen. kirsten gillibrand to fill the seat of former sen. clinton.

nowwe have schumer lobbying the white house.thisresulted in president obama calling a potential 2010 democratic senate primary contestant, long island rep. steve israel, and asking him to drop out even before he declared his candidacy! quickly following,manhattan borough president scott stringer also gave up. long island congress member carolyn mccarthy and manhattan's own carolyn maloneywillsoon receive phone calls from president obama making exchange fordropping out,there will be the standardpolitical quid pro quo: pork barrel member item projects, favorable passage of pet legislation tospecial interest groups and employment opportunities in washington for friends of israel, stringer, mccarthy and maloney. in albany, schumer will work withpaterson,silver andsmith to insure favorable continued gerrymandered districts after the 2010 census. this willguaranteeall three congress members another decadein office. how ironic,since in the 1970s schumer had no problem challenging the establishment in open primaries, which he won for state assembly, congress and senate. now boss schumer advocates selection by clubhouse leadership, denying voters a choice. he hasmorphed into washington's most powerful inside-the-beltway career senator today.

larry penner

great neck, long island

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to the editor:

terrificeditorial. i made the same points myself when i heard the president was intruding on the democratic process after he gained so much from exercising his democratic right to challenge in primaries.

additionally, as a researcher who believes it was wrong to hold back research linking tobacco and health, and as an asthmatic whose condition was worsened by having to tolerate the "smoke filled" environmentlonger because of legal actions preventing data on smoking and tobacco from seeing the light of day, i am especially upset that ms. gillibrand is representing me. yes, attorneys should represent clients, but some refuse to do things that they believe are immoral and quite often firms excuse these attorneys. however, sen. gillibrand took on her assignment vigorously, from what i heard.

secondly, it is one thing for an attorney to defend her clientin such an atrocious case but quite another to have such a person represent us in the united states senate.

arline l. bronzaft, ph.d.

upper east side

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to the editor:

as a voter in the 20thdistrict, where gillibrand first stepped into national politics, i value her grasp of the upstate community needs, particularly as they apply to agriculture and the new york city watershed. not all of new york state centers around the city. it is therefore appropriate for a u.s. senator to represent the "other masses" of new york state-those of us who reside outside city limits.

at best, a u.s. senator should champion the needs of its metropolitan constituents. and yes, city residents are experiencing many hard-pressing issues, including the economy. however, those of us residing in the outer counties have struggling economies, too-ones not based on wall street, which gillibrand has recognized and championed on our behalf, during her few short years in office.

i'm sure carolyn maloney is worthy of the senate seat. but new yorkers should consider selecting a senator who best represents the interests of our state in its entirety, not just the five boroughs.

tara collins

meredith, new york

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