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Bill amendment should save jobs at Falls base

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul is claiming victory in the battle to keep the 107th Airlift Wing active at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
In an early morning communication, Hochul's office reported that an amendment added to the Defense Authorization Act should prevent proposed Pentagon cuts to the Air National Guard.
Before heading into the late night session as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Hochul spoke of the growing support of the Air National Guard, much of it supplied by Governors.
In the prepared statement, Hochul called the job-saving effort at the Falls base "an ongoing process."
The committee bill must pass the full House and Senate before it can be enacted.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.