New York’s 2016-2017 budget will include $3 million to strengthen military facilities in the state in the face of a possible BRAC round or future cutbacks in defense spending, state Sen. Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said Tuesday.
Three facilities at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park — the Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) — will be supported by the grant, helping to protect jobs in the Mohawk Valley, the lawmakers said in a news release.
In addition to the facilities at Griffiss, the funding will be split among other installations, including Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton and Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The exact funding allocation will be determined in the near future, the lawmakers said.
“This funding can be used to support existing projects at Rome Lab and other military facilities, as well as for the redevelopment of the Griffiss Business Park,” Brindisi said. “Griffiss, DFAS and EADS are all major employers in our region and this allocation will help us to remain vigilant, in the event that there is another round of military base closings in the future.”