State Senator Joe Griffo of Rome says the Department of Defense is looking to cut as much as $400 billion. Two rounds of BRAC hearings have been scheduled, where decisions are made on military base re-allignment and closure. Julie grant reports.
Griffo wants the state budget to include $5 million to help New York’s military bases prepare.
"Proving that that are both mission effective from a military perspective and cost effective from an economic perspective, and I think if we can make those arguments, then we can do better."
Governor Andrew Cuomo has already started a $500,000 economic impact study of the state’s military bases. Griffo says other states are spending much more, and New York should too.
"An illustration of that would be Fort Drum. There are housing needs. We have to meet those needs to strengthen the mission there. So we don't put it in a position where the Pentagon or the department of the Army say maybe we can downsize there, because there’s a deficiency there."
By some accounts, military bases account for more than 10,000 jobs, an annual economic impact of $1.9 billion in New York state. Griffo says a $5 million investment to try to save them is well worth it.