2002-03-09 / Front Page

Senator Clinton Comes To Queens

By Gary G. Toms

Senator Clinton Comes To Queens











Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Queens newspaper reporters and publishers to gain a better understanding of the communities and their concerns. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Queens newspaper reporters and publishers to gain a better understanding of the communities and their concerns.

In an effort to obtain more information about issues affecting residents of Queens, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Queens newspaper reporters and publishers last weekend.

"The Queens area played a big role in helping me with the election, and I want to reach out to them and let them know that their concerns are my concerns," said Clinton.

The Senator stated that although she has traveled to many places, there are no newspapers like those she has seen in the Queens region.












The Senator holds the daughter of a Bangladeshi newspaper publisher. The Senator holds the daughter of a Bangladeshi newspaper publisher.

"There is such diversity, in terms of the newspapers and communities, that I have not seen anywhere in my travels. I'm a big supporter of community newspapers because you hear about stories that you wouldn't normally hear about in the daily newspapers. I have even considered writing a monthly column, and submitting it to the local and daily papers. I'm still thinking about it, " said the Senator.

Clinton outlined a number of plans and proposals she had for the residents of the area, and she took time out to acknowledge people who died in the World Trade Center attacks that were from Queens.

"There is no doubt that many people from this borough were impacted by the attacks, and my heart goes out to all the families that are still grieving. I would say to them that we are doing all that we can, working with the Bush administration, to make sure that all terrorists are brought to justice," Clinton stated.

The Wave questioned the Senator about the situation involving the flight path over Rockaway, and she was adamant about the fact that planes should not be allowed to fly directly over Rockaway homes.

"I know that Congressman Weiner has taken an active role in trying to stop the planes from flying over the homes of Rockaway residents. I for one would love to see them take another route, but ultimately it will be up to FAA officials to decide," she said.

The Senator was also asked if she felt that terrorism played a part in bringing down Flight 587, and she said that she did not have enough information about the crash to make an assessment at this time.

When The Wave informed Clinton about the latest revelation from a TWA pilot, in which he said that the Airbus 300 does not have the capability of dumping fuel, while initial reports from the NTSB, FAA and Governor Pataki stated fuel had been dumped in Jamaica Bay, the Senator took immediate interest.

"I think that is an extremely interesting point, and it needs to be looked at. I would suggest that you give that information or article to the NTSB and the FBI. That is something that needs to be seriously looked at," replied Clinton.

The Senator made it abundantly clear that handling immigration issues, while making sure that people's rights are not violated, was of utmost importance. She believes people of Muslim-Arab descent, who are recognized as American citizens, have been unfairly targeted and that the practice must stop.

"We have to come up with a way of weeding out the terrorists and true threats to our country, while preserving the rights of those who live in this country as Muslims or any other nationality," Clinton said.

Clinton noted that while she does not agree with certain actions used by the Bush administration in the war effort, she does agree with the administration that Saddam Hussein must be deposed from Iraq.

The Senator stated, "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein is extremely dangerous. Based on reports that I have seen, with regard to him building and acquiring weapons of mass destruction, I am absolutely convinced that we should use methods to oust him. How we do it is the question."


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