One of those troops was in attendance. First Lt. Matt McLoughlin, a National Guardsman from Malta who spent a year in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, told Gillibrand that he is worried Congress might exacerbate the situation by passing a non-binding resolution against the troop surge.
"I can tell you if you want to make changes, please do not support this non-binding resolution," he said.
Gillibrand thanked McLoughlin for his service but reiterated that she did not think the president's plan was prudent, and that the troops were not being used to their best ability. "I don't want you having to police the streets. That's not the job you were trained to do," she said. "But I respect your voice, and I will bring your voice with me."
In the region, Gillibrand vowed to focus her attention on the district's water issues and said she was in favor of Advanced Micro Devices coming to the area, which she said she thinks will be beneficial to the community.
As for local security, Gillibrand proposed tighter scrutiny on containers coming into the Port of Albany.
"That is something that matters to us here in this region," she said. "We'll check every container that comes into us for radioactive materials."
Local officials touted Gillibrand's openness and her commitment to the platform she ran on.
"It is a wonderful turnout and great for open government," said city Mayor Valerie Keehn.
"All the issues she has been working on in the first 100 hours in Congress are the issues she ran on," said Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen.
"It's been an incredible first month in Washington," Gillibrand said before leaving. "I hope to do a good job for you every day."