Schumer: Senate Promotion Won’t Change New York Focus

ALBANY (AP) -

Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday told county leaders from around New York that he will remain focused on his home state if he is promoted to lead the Senate’s Democrats.

Speaking to the New York State Association of Counties meeting in Albany, the Democrat said “nothing will change” as far as his relationships with local leaders and residents.

He told the group he has simple advice for county leaders worried about losing a factory or other big employer: Pick up the phone and call. He said early intervention was key in convincing Alcoa and Kraft-Heinz to continue operating upstate plants that had been slated to close.

Schumer is widely expected to become leader of the Democrats when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid steps down later this year.