There were plenty of things to do in Jefferson and Lewis Counties this past weekend. The most important for many, however, was signing a petition in support of Fort Drum. ". The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization is hoping to collect thousands of signatures before August 25. That's when they have to formerly respond to a report recently released by the Army. That report examined what would happen to the area if 16,000 soldier and civilian positions were cut under a worst-case scenario. "The report projected a significant impact but it doesn’t go on to define that," said Carl McLaughlin, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization Executive Director. He went on the say that "Without those 16,000 positions, 6,500 area jobs would be lost, This is a chance for people to sign on the dotted line and say we support Fort Drum and the 16,000 soldiers out there," Residents will have the opportunity to sign the petition all summer long at many events throughout the region.
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A 64 year old Lowville man was charged with public lewdness on Saturday evening. Lowville Village police report that that Andrew Karelus (Ka rel us) was arrested after being seen allegedly performing a lewd act in his car which was parked on North State Street in the Village. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Village court at a later date.
State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi have sponsored a bill which would establish a cross-regional small business partnership program. This program would encourage natural relationships between urban and upstate business. Brindisi said he began working on plans to connect co-packaging plants in the Mohawk Valley with artisanal food and beverage-makers downstate, which need more room to package their products due to increasing demand for their specialty products. The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday and the Assembly on June 2. It now heads to Governor Cuomo for his approval.
A 54 year old Lowville man has been charged with a violation of a Village of Lowville Ordinance. Lowville Police report that William Williams was charged with possession of an open container on public lands after he was observed allegedly highly intoxicated & drinking an alcoholic beverage out of a cup while hanging onto a sign post on South State Street. Williams was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Village Court.
We speak again with Arlene Hall from Mountainview Prevention Services, who has more on teen alcoholism.
We will have more with Mrs. Hall tomorrow.
The Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary is selling geraniums. We spoke with Nina Gregory, who has more.
Once again the geranium sale will take place at the Nichols Building on the Lewis County Fairgrounds.
Fort Drum is getting $27 million to build an unmanned aerial vehicle hangar. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement that the funding has passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee & now heads to the full Senate for a vote. The funding will be used to create a hangar to house a fleet of ten Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft and 128 employees at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Fort Drum's Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System mission became active in October 2013 and has already received 4 of the 9 anticipated Gray Eagles. The mission is currently operating out of a temporary facility until construction of this new hangar is completed in 2016. The MQ-1C Gray Eagle is an Unmanned Aircraft System deployed by the Army to execute reconnaissance, surveillance, security, attack, and command and control missions. Other infantry divisions have also been assigned Gray Eagle companies to support the soldiers as they deploy overseas.
Congressman Bill Owens joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 325 – 98. Owens praised steps to strengthen review of sexual assault charges, ban the use of funds for a new round of Base Realignment and Closure, raise pay for military personnel by 1.8% with extended pay and bonuses, and fund a new East Coast missile defense interceptor system. Congressman Richard Hanna also voted yes on the measure.
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