FONDA, N.Y. -- Senator Chuck Schumer visited Fonda on Wednesday to discuss his top concerns for the area.
Schumer was joined by Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, and the new Montgomery County legislature. According to Schumer, there is concern over rail safety as major trade groups pass through the region.
Last June, two freight trains collided, and caused more than 40 cars to derail. Schumer says scheduling and speed have been discussed, but he's pushing for a requirement to have upgrades on unsafe tankers.
"In the last few years, the number of tankers that carry oil from North Dakota has dramatically increased. There are several hundred that go here everyday and god forbid there was a derailment, we could have serious trouble. It is a heavy populated area. The tracks go right through," said Schumer.
Schumer also discussed more funding for flood gages. He says that would give people warning, and allow them to evacuate safely.
The Mohawk Valley was hit hard by flooding last summer, and caused damage to many homes and businesses.