FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2005

Schumer, Clinton Announce Senate Approval Of $55.4 Million For Military Construction Projects To Benefit The Hudson Valley

Senators Supported Inclusion of Funding In Spending Bill

Schumer, Clinton: Defense Projects are Vitally Important for the Hudson Valley, the New York State Economy and National Security

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Senate has approved the FY 2006 Military Construction Appropriations Bill, which includes $55.4 million for projects that will benefit the Hudson Valley.

“In the wake of the BRAC decision, this has been a great year for West Point, which has a proud tradition of molding our next generation of military leadership,” Schumer said. “We must do everything we can to support West Point and ensure that our troops have the education, training, and equipment available when they are called to duty. Federal funding for facilities at Kingston, Leeds, and Stewart not only mean an economic boost for the area, but also prove how important the region is to our national security.”

“Last month, after the BRAC Commission voted on its final recommendations, the nation learned what we in New York already knew: our state is second to none in contributing to our country's national security and homeland defense,” Senator Clinton said. “With West Point acquiring the United States Army Military Academy Preparatory School, these funds are a further vote of confidence as we continue to invest, not only in the West Point, but in the region’s military future and a recognition once again of the critical role that this incredible facility plays in the community.”

The following projects were approved by the Senate:

West Point Army - Library and Learning Center ($25.47 million) The funding will go towards the construction of a library and learning center and renovate a portion of the existing library. Since its construction in 1964, the library has undergone many changes in requirements and has expanded its collection.

Army - Modified Record Fire Range ($4.0 million) The funding will go towards the construction of a standard design Modified Record Fire Range with the additional capability of zeroing weapons on a portion of the range. Primary facilities include the MRF range, general instruction building, covered mess, and renovation of the control tower.

Army - Family Housing ($6.7 million) The funding will be used to revitalize a 36 home neighborhood at West Point. The homes are senior noncommissioned officer historic three-bedroom duplex family quarters.

Kingston Army National Guard - Readiness Center ($6.039 million) The funding will be used to provide a readiness center addition, of permanent type construction, to serve the peace time missions of the assigned units and space for all personnel to perform necessary wartime missions as well.

Leeds Army National Guard - Readiness Center ($3.065 million) The funding will be used to provide an armory addition and alteration, of permanent type construction, to serve the peace time missions of the assigned units and space for all personnel to perform necessary wartime missions as well.

Stewart Air National Guard Base - Fire Crash Rescue ($10.2 million) The funding will be used to Replace Fire Crash/Rescue Station, Army National Guard, Stewart International Airport, New York. This project is required to support the unit’s 12 PAA C-5s and commercial operations at Stewart International Airport. Facility must support continuous operations by up to 15 full time male and female firefighters.

The FY 2006 Military Construction Appropriations Bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee in July, and now having been approved by the full Senate, will be sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee. Schumer and Clinton urged members of the Appropriations Committee to keep the funding for these projects in this year’s spending bill.

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