Griffiss among NY, Maine sites considered as missile interceptors
The nation's military leaders are considering two sites in upstate New York and one in Maine as potential missile interceptor sites on the East Coast. The Missile Defense Agency is looking at 10 sites on the East Coast, including Fort Drum in northern New York, the old Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome in central New York and the former Loring Air Force base in northern Maine. The agency expects to come up with a list of potential locations for further review within weeks. The Department of Defense has been directed to create an East Coast interceptor site in response to a perceived threat from Iran. The Missile Defense Agency is a research and development arm of the Defense Department. FLOOD RECOVERY-NY Mohawk Valley flood victims can get grant help ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Victims of flooding in New York's Mohawk Valley can apply for state help at several locations over the next few days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says "flood assistance teams" will be available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Montgomery counties, all hard hit by last month's rains. They'll be at the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, Herkimer County Community College, the Oneida Recreation Center and the Fort Plain Senior Center. Homeowners, small businesses, renters, and farmers may be eligible for grants ranging from $31,900 to $50,000 to cover uninsured flood damage. More information and application forms will be available at the state office of Homes and Community Renewal website.