Schumer, for 20th straight year, sees all 62 counties in NY

Staff Reports Posted 17 December 2018 at 8:55 am

Senator met with law enforcement on Aug. 24 in Holley

Sen. Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader, on Friday completed his 20th consecutive tour of all 62 New York State counties – an accomplishment that continues his track record as the first New York State public official to visit every single county in New York each year he has been in office.

Over the course of the year, Schumer made 135 trips to Upstate New York and Long Island. He visited counties in the Capital Region 19 times; Western New York 13 times; Central New York 21 times; the Rochester-Finger Lakes 19 times; the Southern Tier 13 times; the Hudson Valley 16 times; the North Country 7 times; and Long Island 27 times.

Schumer was at the Village of Holley Police Department on Aug. 24 when he was in Orleans County. He launched a push to pass the “Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act” as part of a package of bills to address the opioids crisis across Upstate New York and the United States.

“Two decades ago, upon my election to the United States Senate in 1998, I promised that each and every year I served I would visit all 62 of New York State’s diverse counties,” Schumer said. “Not only has this ritual remained a steadfast passion of mine because I get to see the absolute best that New York has to offer, but because of all I learn from my constituents and bring to Washington, D.C.”

“Although I’ve gained the title of Minority Leader, my proudest and most principal titles have been, and will always remain, New York’s Senator and ‘New Yorker.’  At the close of 20 years, my beliefs are as clear as ever: ‘Senators who stay in Washington and never return home are simply not doing their job.’ That’s why I go to all of the street fairs, parades, graduations, and public events that I can. Whether I’m in Buffalo eating beef-on-weck at the fair or slapping hands at the Boilermaker finish line, I’m always mixing, mingling and learning more about New York directly from my constituents.”

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