- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
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 and the Eastern Air Defense Sector — 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 …READ MORE
Junction City, Kan., is used to fluctuations in the population at neighboring Fort Riley associated with deployments and drawdowns from overseas conflicts, but the recline decline of 2,100 military and civilian personnel assigned to the post is hurting local business and putting a crimp in the real estate market.
The economic impact generated by the post fell from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $1.6 billion last year over an eight-county region. Randy Tholstrup, who has owned an off-post Army surplus store for 18 years, said sales this year have dropped more than 20 percent, but he believed it stemmed from local unease over the presidential election rather than the decline in the number of soldiers at Fort Riley. “I’d be crazy if I weren’t concerned by [the cutbacks]. It’s down, down, down every year,” said Tholstrup …