Former Bronx prosecutor Gail Goode has filed petitions to become the only official challenger to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the democratic nomination.
Goode will face off with Gillibrand in a September primary for the Senate nomination.
To get on the ballot Goode filed a petition with 45,000 signatures with Albany elections officials.
Goode is proposing three debates a week with Gillibrand.
“I spent my life’s savings to gain ballot access because I believe that the future of our state and country depends on the public putting pressure on the Congress to change the direction our country is heading in,” said Goode.
“I am calling on Senator Gillibrand and the news media to agree to three debates a week on issues such as gun control, jobs and immigration,” she said.
Goode said her campaign will focus on what the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan meant when he said over 30 years ago that “New York is not getting its fair share of funds from Washington,” from anti-terrorism to Medicaid.
She expressed gratitude that Gillibrand did not challenge her petitions.
Gillibrand was appointed by Governor Patterson to the Senate seat that was held by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until her confirmation to the State Department post.