On July 3, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) traveled to the Eisenhower Lock for a brief visit and press conference. Senator Schumer was interested in seeing the SLSDC facilities and communicating his support for the Seaway, and in particular, the Asset Renewal Program. He was joined by several local elected officials including Massena Town Supervisor, Sean O’Shaughnessy; Massena Mayor, Tim Currier; New York State Assemblymember, Addie Jennie; and Director of the St. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Brooke Rouse.
At the press conference, Senator Schumer highlighted the importance of continuing the infrastructure renewal program and noted the vital contribution the Seaway makes to the upstate New York regional economy, including the tourism component that brings people from all over the world to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center. This year, nearly 55,500 visitors entered the Center or stopped by the overlook to view ships. His visit concluded with a special bonus — a Fednav vessel happened to be making a lockage, and the Senator clearly enjoyed being able to view from the observation deck.