In his first appearance outside New York or Washington since last week's terrorist attacks, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., arrived in Buffalo today to remind New Yorkers that new ways of life lie ahead.
Schumer addressed about 150 citizens and community leaders at Albright-Knox Art Gallery this morning, thanking the community for its support at the World Trade Center disaster site.
He also said the community should gird itself for future military challenges and changes in civilian life.
"Obviously, the world and Western New York is a different place than when I visited just a few weeks ago," he said. "This is going to be a long, long haul, and we have to be united."
Schumer told reporters upon arrival that "all of America is a potential target." He said suspected terrorists will stop at nothing, but that no one should be "hiding under their desk."
"Will these terrorists try other things? Yes," he said. "Is it something we expect tomorrow or the next day? No."
Aides close to the senator said he is concerned about the effects of last week's events on progress noted in recent months on several economic fronts, including upstate air service and encouraging new business to locate in New York State. It is expected he will make those concerns a significant part of the new agenda he faces in the wake of the destruction of the trade center, the aides said.
At today's session at the art gallery, Schumer was expected to touch upon security threats, the safety of basic services and infrastructure, and security at border crossings with Canada.