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$1.2 Million headed to Griffiss

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Approximately $1.2 million dollars are headed to Griffiss Business and Technology Park thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Military Base Retention Grants. It's all part of the Governor's plan to help support and strengthen New York's military bases in the face of potential defense cuts in Congress.

In total, $2.9 million in grants will go to military bases across New York as part of the state's efforts to safeguard New York's National Guard capabilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to protect the economic and employment opportunities that military facilities like Griffiss provide across the state.

"I think the Governor and his leadership and legislature recognizes that cybersecurity is a growing threat to our nation's security we are doing cutting edge cybersecurity research and development here in Rome and its an important part of our economy," said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

$300,000 in grants will go to the Central New York Defense Alliance, $298,534 to Griffiss Institute, another $300,000 to Griffiss Local Development Corporation and Mohawk Valley Edge will also receive $300,000.

Brindisi says the money will benefit the whole region.

"It certainly will give more opportunities to our research laboratory in Rome to partner with some of our businesses in Griffis Park and also form partnerships with state universities and colleges and provide internships to students to work in defense related industry," said Assemblyman Brindisi. "So certainly the potential for more job growth in that region and it's good news for our area."

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