Amtrak will rename Rochester train station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Rochester, N.Y. (WKBW) - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's legacy will forever be honored.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Amtrak will rename the Rochester Intermodal Station the "Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester."

Both Schumer and Gillibrand say renaming the train station is fitting for such an individual who busted through every bureaucratic hurdle and was solely responsible for securing the necessary federal funding for a train station that will strengthen Rochester's economy and help residents travel more safely and reliably throughout the region.

"When I first ran for U.S. Senate, Louise volunteered to drive this Brooklyn guy around Rochester and Western New York. Everywhere we went it felt like Louise was introducing me to extended family members, but in reality they were just her constituents. To Louise everyone in her district – whether they were Democrats or Republicans – she treated like her family. That's just the type of person Louise was. I have always admired Louise having worked with her when I was a member of the House of Representatives, but seeing her in action it was clearer than ever that she was a true powerhouse and staunch advocate for her constituents. There aren't many places around 25th congressional district that you could say Louise hasn't made a meaningful impact on. One of Louise's most significant accomplishments was delivering the federal funding that made the Rochester Train Station a reality. Louise fought for years fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding, so it was only logical and necessary for Amtrak to rename the train station after Louise, a legend in her own right and a fierce advocate for her constituents," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

"It's wonderful news that Amtrak is renaming the Rochester train station after my dear friend and colleague Louise Slaughter," said Senator Gillibrand. "Louise was one of the most effective members of Congress I've ever worked with, and bringing this station to Rochester was one of her proudest accomplishments. Now, whenever anyone rides the train across New York, Louise Slaughter and Rochester will be inseparable. That's a fitting, meaningful tribute to one of the great public servants of our time, and I was very proud to support the effort to change this station's name."

On October 5, 2017, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) after years of fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding, announced the grand opening of the Rochester train station.  Almost a year later, Slaughter passed away after 47 years of dedicated public service on behalf of the people of Rochester and Western New York.

Schumer, Gillibrand said Amtrak will work with the City of Rochester and State of New York on the details of the naming, commemorative plaque and necessary funding for these efforts.

 

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