The Rochester rail station is now officially the Louise M. Slaughter Rochester Station. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a host of local leaders and Slaughter’s family were on hand for the ceremony. They unveiled new dedication plaques and a marquee dedication sign.
Congresswoman Slaughter was remembered as a trailblazer in remarks, who achieved much for the community, including the construction of the Amtrak station here. She secured over $18 million federal dollars for its funding to replace the dilapidated former terminal. It was only fitting that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand wrote to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson to request this station be renamed in her honor after her death last year.
Schumer says, “Her achievements in the 30 years of Congress are utterly amazing. And they’re going to be talked about for decades and centuries. Her name is on this train station, and that’ll help Louise’s name live on.”
Amtrak says Rochester is a popular rail destination and this location gets a lot of foot traffic, welcoming over 127,000 passengers per year. According to Slaughter’s daughter, that’s one reason why the Congresswoman fought so hard to upgrade this station.
Robin Slaughter-Minerva adds, “She was stubborn, she wouldn’t give up. She fought for 14 years to get (other things like) the genetic privacy bill through. So, she was excited, I’m sure she probably thought she could make it happen. Still, it was a very big deal. She was really very proud.“
Mayor Lovely Warren says it’s important to give respect where respect is due. “This was really her vision and to see it completed with her name is only the right thing to do.”
Before her passing, Slaughter said the station will give passengers the welcome to Rochester they deserve. Now with it bearing her name, they are sure to remember her legacy as well.