Members of the state legislature joined the Capital Region Chamber’s Unified Military Affairs Council at the State Capitol on Wednesday to highlight the military's local presence.
Senator Jim Tedisco says the various installations bring over $1 billion to the area economy.
“Those men and women who work at the base, purchase houses, they go to our stores and buy groceries and other goods and services, they help the small businesses be viable and continu8e to create jobs.”
The goal of the day was to ensure the bases' long-term viability and success when it comes to federal funds.
Tedisco says the local military installations like the Watervliet Arsenal and 109th Airlift Wing offer much more than just security.
“They help out with the Little League, they help out with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, they’re in the Rotary’s and things of that nature, so they’re very much involved in out community and keep us safe.”
Military Day was held to highlight the community benefits and to also help secure federal funding.
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