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Reynolds Says He Is More Hopeful about Keeping Base Open

By Associated Press

Buffalo, NY – Congressman Thomas Reynolds, R-Clarence, says he is feeling more hopeful about keeping the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station open.

The Pentagon announced May 13th it plans to close the air reserve station under the Base Realignment and Closure process known as BRAC.

Reynolds met Friday with Charles Battaglia, executive director of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and reviewed classified documents regarding the proposed shut-down of the base.

While Reynolds says he can't reveal details, he thinks the Pentagon did not follow its own guidelines for deciding which bases to recommend for closure.

The commission is now reviewing the 33 major base closures the Pentagon recommended last month. It will issue its closure plan by September 8th.

The commission is holding a hearing in Buffalo on June 27th.

No more than 15 percent of the bases on the Pentagon's closure list are expected to be spared.