New York leaders pen open letter to Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Rep. Louise Slaughter

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Saturday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Amtrak to rename the Rochester Intermodal Station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester.”

Friday, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter passed away at the age of 88.

Last October, Slaughter announced the grand opening of the Rochester train station, after years of fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding.

As a result of her passion, commitment, and advocacy for her constituents, Schumer and Gillibrand said 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.”

“Throughout her many decades of service in the U.S. Congress, her steadfast focus was to move the whole Greater Rochester area forward, and the new train station was no exception,” the Senators wrote. “She first spearheaded the drive to secure a $3.5 million federal preliminary engineer grant to help design the new train station, and then delivered a $15 million Federal TIGER grant to construct the new station. She then took care to oversee its development to ensure it would be both a fitting new efficient gateway to Rochester that honored the legacy of Rochester’s original Claude Bragdon designed station, while being universally accessible to accommodate all passengers with a new modern ADA compliant concourse and platforms.”

The Senators’ letter to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson appears below:

Dear Mr. Anderson,

We write to ask that in recognition of U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter’s many achievements and tireless work on behalf of her constituents throughout the greater Rochester region that you name the Rochester Intermodal Station in her honor. The simple fact is the new Rochester station would not now exist without Louise Slaughter’s vision and determination.

Throughout her many decades of service in the U.S. Congress, her steadfast focus was to move Rochester forward and the new train station was no exception. She first spearheaded the drive to secure a $3.5 million federal preliminary engineering grant to help design the new train station and then a $15 million Federal TIGER grant to construct the new station. She then took care to oversee its development to ensure it would be both a fitting new efficient gateway to Rochester that honored the legacy of Rochester’s original Claude Bragdon designed station, while being universally accessible to accommodate all passengers with a new modern ADA compliant concourse and platforms.

Since it’s opening in 2017, this modern efficient station has been a tremendous success providing thousands of riders with a fitting welcome to Rochester – the community that Congresswoman Slaughter loved and fought for every day. For her many constituents who will pass through its doors in the decades to come and for those who may be making their first trip to Rochester, it is only fitting to now dedicate the Rochester Intermodal Station to our colleague Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.

Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo also penned an open letter to Amtrak.

Dear Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson,

The New York community continues to mourn the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She was a larger than life presence who made all New Yorkers proud over her decades of service.

In her honor, I join Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand in calling on Amtrak to rename the new Rochester Intermodal Station after Congresswoman Slaughter.

Congresswoman Slaughter was instrumental in securing federal funding for this project, which is a symbol of New York State’s commitment to rebuilding its transportation infrastructure for the 21st century. The beautiful new station, which the Congresswoman and I opened in October, is a gateway to the Finger Lakes – welcoming passengers with a better travel experience, improved rail service and a world-class facility. Thanks to the Congresswoman’s tireless dedication to this project, Rochester finally has a train station of the caliber the region deserves.

It is fitting that this shining example of Rochester’s revitalization bear the name of a leader who was integral to making it happen – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Beyond the train station, Congresswoman Slaughter was also a trailblazer who fought relentlessly for the people of her district. She has led the way on the major issues of our time, from environmental preservation to women’s rights to attracting 21st century jobs in cutting edge industries like photonics.

In recognition of her leadership and in memory of her legacy, I urge Amtrak to rename the Rochester train station in honor of Congresswoman Slaughter.

Sincerely,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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