Army Reserve center step closer

Senate approves $20M for ‘state-of-the-art’ counter-terror training grounds in Niskayuna

— Local officials applauded area congressional leaders for their effort to drive investment into the community.

“They are trying to give us a state-of-the-art training facility, which will encourage more use and more people to go there,” Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry said. “We are very pleased that this facility is being upgraded. We find it to be a benefit to the community and a benefit to Niskayuna.”

The U.S. Army also has already purchased the necessary land for the new facility, according to local officials, so once final approval is given it is expected construction wouldn’t be delayed.

The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs for the year it’s under construction.

“It would keep the Schenectady Army Reserve Center at the forefront of our national defense, and be a shot in the arm for our community as it helps to create construction jobs in the Capital Region,” said Schumer in a statement. “Our men and women in uniform deserve the best facilities and resources in the world, as this investment would help achieve exactly that.”

Senate approval of the project funding is included in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill will be reconciled with the House version and it needs to pass the full Congress before being sent to the president for his signature.

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