24 Jan 2009

New York governor names new senator

6:55 am on 24 January 2009

New York Governor David Paterson appointed US Rep Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday to fill the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Ms Gillibrand, 42, is a second-term Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York.

She and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo were considered among the top candidates after Caroline Kennedy withdrew from consideration on Thursday.