Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Friday finished his 62-county tour of New York State for the 19th year in a row.
Schumer visited a craft brewery in Columbia County, in the Hudson Valley, to press the Department of Agriculture to do more to aid such businesses. That would not be especially notable but for the fact that Schumer became the Senate's top Democrat this year, meaning his responsibilities in Washington have multiplied.
Even so, Schumer insisted on continuing his tradition of visiting every county in the state, which started during the 1998 campaign when he first won his Senate seat.
"This is a tradition that I have continued every single year because of how much I learn, not to mention how much I enjoy doing it,” Schumer said. Despite his growing responsibilities in Washington, "my mantra is clearer than ever: ‘Senators who stay in Washington and never return home are simply not doing their job'," he added.
Schumer's office also noted that he has visited Western New York 12 times this year.