At Gillibrand headquarters, a festival-like atmosphere was pervasive early on as states rolled in for Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Gillibrand was able to stand before the crowd to claim victory just 80 minutes after the polls closed.
Gillibrand praised the efforts of her campaign workers, saying, "We've done an amount of outreach that is unprecedented in this district. We touched every voter in this district over the past several months."
She said the biggest challenge facing the new Congress will be to address the economy, and she briefly outlined her plans to stimulate job creation by investing in three key areas: infrastructure, energy independence and the development of an alternative energy economy.
"You can create those jobs right here in upstate New York, and that is our future," said Gillibrand. ""