Stars and Stripes stripes.com 05 Jan, 2021 15:30 am

Schumer pushing for New York air base improvements

Schumer pushing for New York air base improvements
The repairs provision at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is part of the 2021 military construction budget.

Schumer announced Monday that the recently approved 2020 end-of-year omnibus spending legislation, approved just before Christmas, includes a provision that calls on the secretary of the Air Force to prioritize repair projects including an extension of a taxiway at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS)."The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is a critical asset to the Air Force Reserve and to the Western New York economic region," Schumer said."Making sure the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is clear for takeoff is essential for the Air Force Reserve's rapid global mobility mission and the smooth functioning of the state's economy," Schumer said.Recently, Schumer said he fought to prevent President Trump from redirecting funding meant for the Niagara Falls base to construction of the Southern border wall.

Units stationed at the Niagara Falls base had been flying aging C-130 tactical airlifters.(c) 2021 the Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, N.

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