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 SlaughterPoll: Dem leads by 24 points in race to replace Louise Slaughter Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain GOP Rep. Chris Collins charged with insider trading 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.


The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle first reported the renaming plans. 

New York Sens. Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandEx-GOP donor urges support for Dems in midterms: 'Democracy is at stake' Overnight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Former Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to visit Iowa, fueling 2020 speculation 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.