Feds to fund $199.1 million for New York military construction projects

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The 2018 West Point Graduation Parade (U.S. Army photo by Cadet Samantha Price)

The federal government will fund five military projects in New York, totalling $199.1 million through Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included Military Construction (MILCON) funding authorizations, the state’s two senators say in a statement.

Projects include a perimeter fence at Rome Lab, a physical fitness center at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), an engineering center at West Point, a parking structure at West Point, and a plant project at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site.

“These funding authorizations are a critical step to keeping the world-class military assets we have in New York fully modernized and at the peak of excellence and readiness,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who asserts in a news release that he pressed for the appropriations. “This National Defense Authorization bill authorizes funding for construction projects across the spectrum, like building a new fitness center at NFARS, securing the perimeter at Rome Lab, and constructing a new engineering center at West Point. I’ll always fight to ensure the military facilities in New York are at the pinnacle of their field, and will work hard to see this funding through the appropriations process.”

“New York State is home to some of the nation’s top military installations, and I’m pleased to announce that the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act will authorize funding for critical projects at the NFARS, Rome Lab, West Point, and the Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee said in the same statement.

“It is vital that the men and women who serve our country have the best facilities possible and that our military research installations have the resources they need to continue providing intelligence and advanced technology for our national defense. I fought for these provisions in the Armed Services Committee and will always work to ensure the safety of our service members and the readiness of our military.”

A breakdown of the authorized funding levels for the five MILCON projects appears below:

Facility

County

Project

Authorized Funding

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS)

Niagara County

Physical Fitness Center

$14 Million

Air Force Research Laboratory (Rome Lab)

Oneida County

Perimeter Fence

$14.2 Million

United States Military Academy (West Point)

Orange County

Engineering Center

$95 Million

United States Military Academy (West Point)

Orange County

Parking Structure

$65 Million

Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site

Saratoga County

Plant Project

$10.9 Million

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