Assemblyman John D. Ceretto applauded the announcement Friday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will receive $425,000 from two state grants. These grants will help the Niagara County Center for Economic Development promote the importance of the 914th and 107th Airlift Wings and support the development of local jobs in conjunction with these two units' missions. Additionally, the funding will allow the Niagara Military Affairs Council to better assist in the planning of Web development and events to advocate a strong future for their missions.
"The grants announced today are important steps to retaining the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station," Ceretto said. "I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for recognizing the importance of the Air Base to our local economy. This partnership with the Niagara County Center for Economic Development and Niagara Military Affairs Council will ensure the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remains in Niagara County for years to come."
The $425,000 in grant money is part of a $2.9 million military base retention initiative from the state of New York to help local municipalities and community organizations support and strengthen New York's military installations in the face of looming defense cuts in Congress.