New York’s senior Sen. Charles Schumer was in Albany today, pushing for pedestrian access to a rail bridge crossing the Hudson River into Rensselaer County.
Tomorrow, when President Barack Obama pays Albany a visit, Schumer will be back in Washington.
Despite Obama’s visit, Schumer said today that he will be in the nation’s capital tomorrow in order to vote whether to debate a proposal to freeze interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for another year.
The issue has been a major one for Obama, and Schumer said the president wants him in Washington for the vote.
“I can’t miss that vote, the president doesn’t want me to miss that vote, but I will be there in spirit,” Schumer said.
Meanwhile, Schumer said he didn’t have anything to do with the last-minute venue change for Obama’s Capital Region visit. On Thursday, Obama had been scheduled to give his address at a Saratoga County plant owned by GlobalFoundries, whose is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. On Friday, his trip was changed to visit the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany.
“I discussed with the White House about the great opportunity of coming to Albany, but I told them both would be great locations,” Schumer said. “And in fact, I recommended they do both.”