ROME, N.Y. – U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped in Griffiss Business and Technology Park Monday to tour Rome Labs and DFAS to assess the needs and capabilities of the local workforce.
Gillibrand is a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. She is looking to distribute funding, and says some of the most important national security assets in the state are in Rome.
“To be able to have the most state-of-the-art technology, to be able to be doing cutting edge research, to be able to collaborate with private sector effectively -- is the difference between winning and losing and is the difference in our national security,” said Gillibrand.
A new $14 million security fence at Rome Labs was approved in the 2019 appropriations bill, and Sen. Chuck Schumer was in Utica last week urging the Air Force to secure a contractor for that project.