ORISKANY, NY - On the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany, two state legislators are asking the governor to help protect two local historic sites.
The Oriskany Battlefield and the Steuben Memorial state historic sites are currently under the supervision of the State of New York.
State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon announced that they have sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to consider granting the U.S. National Park Service full control of the two sites.
Griffo and Buttenschon believe the transfer of authority will potentially save the state money, put several of the Mohawk Valley's Revolutionary War sites under one umbrella, and ensure the Battlefield remains open for generations of visitors.
“We've had a number of challenges throughout the years, particularly when budgets face fiscal challenges. There was an interest from the federal government, and I think it makes a lot of sense, said Griffo.
If the request is approved, the Oriskany and Steuben parks will join Fort Stanwix National Monument, which is already a part of the National Park Service.