Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined Congress after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but made it one of her missions to help in the healing by helping to pass the landmark James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
She's noting that achievement Friday night in an ad for her Senate contest that will air twice in conjunction with another tradition that may have helped the healing even more: Yankees playoff baseball.
In 2001, the Yankees fell just short of winning a world championship, but their march through the post-season may have done more for New York's psyche than just about anything,
The spot features two outspoken 9/11 advocates praising Gillibrand for her efforts getting the Zadroga law passed.
It's an entirely positive spot that probably reflects the reality that Republican challenger Wendy Long is far behind Gillibrand in the polls, giving Gillibrand the chance to define herself, rather than her opponent.