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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 SlaughterDemocrats must go on the offensive against voter suppression House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Sotomayor, Angela Davis formally inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame 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 GillibrandGillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package 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.