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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Brooklyn Congressman Ensures Ft. Hamilton Remains Occupied

  • December 20, 2011
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Language included in the fiscal 2012 omnibus spending bill approved last week will prevent the Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division headquarters from leaving Fort Hamilton, an achievement Rep. Michael Grimm (R) believes will protect the 186-year-old, Brooklyn, N.Y., installation from closure in a new BRAC round.

The corps had considered moving its headquarters to Manhattan to be closer to its customers, but language in the energy and water development spending measure prohibits the agency from spending money to relocate.

The corps’ presence is the primary reason for keeping Fort Hamilton open, Bill Guarinello, president of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A move by the corps would “seriously hamper our efforts to defend Fort Hamilton in the next BRAC,” he said.

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