Niagara County moves to prevent air base from closing

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April 11, 2013

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Niagara County lawmakers are enlisting a consultant to try to shield the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station from appearing on any future base closing lists.

The county says Wednesday it will use a state grant to hire the Principi Group, headed by former Veterans Secretary Anthony Principi, who chaired the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

The hiring comes as the Pentagon plans to seek congressional approval for another round of domestic military base closings. Closure decisions would be made in 2015 and start a year later.

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, with 3,000 employees, is one of western New York's largest employers and has been threatened with closure in the past.

The Arlington, Va.-based Principi Group will draft a study of future missions for the base.

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