Sen. Charles Schumer, who had been leaning heavily toward supporting President Obama’s call for military strikes against Syria, made his position official today.

In a statement, Schumer said:

“The Syrian situation poses two conflicting goals: to allow the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government to go unanswered would encourage the Assad regime, and other rogue governments, to use them again, but the last thing America needs or wants is a protracted conflict in the Middle East when our primary focus must be on jobs, the economy and the middle class. The Foreign Relations Committee resolution is clear, limited and specific. It prohibits any boots on the ground and puts strict time limits on American involvement in Syria while still allowing an appropriate response to the use of weapons of mass destruction, and I will support it.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is still undecided. The Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday, one day after President Obama is scheduled to address the nation.

Below is our tally of where NY lawmakers stand:


Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Rep. Peter King (R-2nd District)

Rep. Steve Israel (D-3rd District)

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-16th District)


Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-7th District)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-11th District)

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-13th District)

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-15th District)

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-19th District)

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-20th District)

Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd District)

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-26th District)


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-1st District)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-5th District)

Rep. Grace Meng (D-6th District)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-8th District)

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-9th District)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12th District)

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-17th District)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th District)

Rep. Bill Owens (D-21st District)

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-22nd District)

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-24th District)

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-25th District)

Rep. Chris Collins (R-27th District)


Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-4th District)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-10th District)

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-14th District)