New York Air Brake

Julia Botero / WRVO News


Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), sporting protective ear plugs to block out the whirling of machines, shakes hands with workers on the factory floor of New York Air Brake in Watertown. It's the senator's first visit to the company, which has made brake systems for the railroad industry for over a century.

As Schumer pauses to study the heavy metal contraptions that make trains stop and slow down, company officials explain what he’s seeing. 

Joanna Richards

Residents of Watertown's north side community have expressed renewed concerns over pollution surrounding the New York Air Brake industrial site, which was cleaned up beginning in the 1990s. Officials from the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation held a public meeting Tuesday night at a nearby elementary school to try to respond to those fears.