Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter

Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter
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Amtrak will rename its train station in Rochester, N.Y., after the late Rep. Louise SlaughterDorothy (Louise) Louise SlaughterRaces to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Our democracy demands weekend voting Lawmakers remember Slaughter in Capitol ceremony MORE (D-N.Y.), who died last week after representing the area for decades.

The rail company announced Wednesday that the station will be renamed “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester.” The congresswoman worked to secure funding for the new station in the city, which was completed last fall.

"To celebrate her legacy and impact on the station, City of Rochester, and State of New York, we are pleased to announce that we will be naming Rochester Station in her honor through a commemorative plaque at the station or other appropriate means,” Amtrak Board Chairman Anthony Coscia said in a statement.

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The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle first reported the renaming plans. 

New York Sens. Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women ‘Abolish ICE’ is going to hurt Democrats in the midterms 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser MORE (D) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) urged Amtrak to honor Slaughter after she died Friday.

Schumer praised the rail company’s decision Wednesday.

“One of Louise’s most significant accomplishments was delivering the federal funding that made the Rochester Train Station a reality & it is only fitting that the station bear her name,” Schumer tweeted.

Slaughter, 88, died on Friday after sustaining a head injury in a fall at her Washington residence earlier in the week.

She was the first woman to take the gavel of the House Rules Committee, and was instrumental in securing some of the Democrats’ most significant legislative victories of the past decade, including ObamaCare and the law tackling lawmaker insider trading.