By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Wednesday marked a change in control of the Senate with Democrats taking the majority.

Sen. Chuck Schumer is now the majority leader.

READ MORE: Sources: Salman Muflihi Faces Hate Crime Charges In Stabbing Of Asian Man In Lower Manhattan

He’s both the first Jewish person to hold this rank, as well as the first from New York.

Schumer will oversee a rare 50-50 split in the Senate. It’s only the fourth time in history this has happened.

READ MORE: Elizabeth Galarza Arrested For Allegedly Repeatedly Punching 2-Year-Old In The Face On Subway


In his first speech as the new Senate Majority Leader, Schumer urged colleagues to turn the spirit of the new president’s call for unity into action.

“President Biden, we heard you loud and clear,” Schumer said. “We have a lengthy agenda. And we need to get it done together.”

MORE NEWS: New Yorkers At Bronx Food Pantry Describe Need For Federal Stimulus Checks, $15 Minimum Wage; 'Got To Choose Between Rent, Food'

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

CBSNewYork Team