Training grounds open at Schenectady County Airport

I'll keep in touch with family and see if they need assistance, said Schwienfurth. "We'll try to keep things less stressful on them."

Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen said that with 700 servicemen and women and their families visiting the 18-acre airport site regularly, he was hopeful the local economies of Scotia and Glenville could reap the benefits.

"They'll be eating in nearby restaurants and shopping at nearby retailers," said Gillen.

County Legislator Martin Finn said the facility was proud that the military chose to use county land for the project. He said the ribbon cutting marked another important success at the burgeoning airport. The airport is also the new home of the airport tech park., which will contain Fortitech, a maker of nutritional supplements, as well as other businesses.

"It's all part of the grand plan for the airport," said Finn.

But Thursday's ceremony was about more than the economy or land development.

U.S. Congressmen Mike McNulty, D-Green Island, who championed the project and helped secure its funding in 2006, said it was necessary for military personnel to have the most up to date facilities possible.

"I'm reminded on a daily basis of the tremendous service and sacrifice of our military men and women," said McNulty. "I thank God for my life and veterans for my way of life.""

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