FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2004
Schumer Meets With Former Senate Rival Howard Mills To Discuss Ways To Help New York
Pair shares "war stories" from the campaign and discusses ways to help New York, focusing on economic development
Schumer and Mills faced off in this year's US Senate race; The pair arranged to meet when Mills conceded to Schumer on election night
US Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with his former US Senate rival, Howard Mills to discuss ways they can work together to help New York. Schumer and Mills had discussed having the meeting when Mills called to concede to Schumer last month.
"I've always had a tradition of breaking bread with my opponents after the election," Schumer said. "We had a great time reminiscing about the campaign, exchanging war stories, and talking about some of the things we each want to do for New York. During campaigns, politics is fine but afterwards we need to work together and that's what today was about."
The pair met in Frontier Diner on Third Avenue and 39th Street in midtown Manhattan. In addition to sharing "war stories" from the campaign, the pair talked about problems facing Mills's Orange County and ways to improve New York State, focusing primarily on economic development.
In the election, Schumer ran on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families lines and won re-election to a second term. The Republican Party candidate, Mills is an out-going Assemblyman from Hamptonburgh.