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Meeting to form plan in the event of BRAC Commission formation

By NICOLE HART

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Since the demise of the Griffiss Air Force base back in the 1990s, many steps have been taken by officials and members of the community to ensure Central New York won't take such a brutal hit again.

A public meeting will be held Monday to discuss Rome Labs, the Defense Finance and Accounting Services and the Eastern Air Defense Sector - the remaining branches of the military at what is now, the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

The basis of this meeting is to be proactive - to prove to the BRAC Commission, if one forms, that these branches are doing an exceptional job for a reasonable amount of money.

State Senator Joe Griffo, who was mayor of Rome back when the base closed in 1995, says that this meeting is a step in the right direction.

"We always want to be vigilant and we always want to be prepared," Senator Griffo said. "I think this is what you're seeing here. This is a community that takes nothing for granted and we're working, as a region, to ensure that not only are we reinforcing what exists, but hopefully positions so they can grow."

Senator Griffo also says that while we still have a long way to go in terms of rebuilding, we have re-positioned ourselves for potential growth. Griffo went on to say that Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will need to play an intricate role in this, as well.

If a BRAC Commission were to form, it won't be until 2015. Senator Griffo says there is no indication, at this point, that there will be another BRACC. Monday night is just a proactive meeting which was called at the behest of Congressman Richard Hanna.

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