The cost of the retention efforts is being covered by a state-provided grant, rather than through local taxes — and Sen. George D. Maziarz said he was pleased to see the county being proactive on base retention.
“The Niagara Falls Air Base is Niagara County’s largest employer and its success is vital to our community,” he said in a release. “I’m pleased that numerous community stakeholders came together to carefully select the new consultant, ensuring that everyone is working toward the continued survival of the air base. I look forward to working with The Principi Group and assisting them in any way that I can to make sure the Niagara Falls Air Base is running for many years to come.”
Legislator Dave Godfrey, R-Wilson, the Niagara County Legislature’s liaison to NIMAC, agreed with Maziarz, noting that county lawmakers had endorsed a process that included various community stakeholders to ensure a well-rounded approach to preserving the base.
“This has really been a team effort by stakeholders, and the county is pleased with the contributions these other groups—the NFTA, NIMAC, and the Chamber—have made,” Godfrey said. “When you consider the impact this base has on our community not just in the number of jobs, as Kathryn [Lance] noted, but through the joint use agreement between the Niagara Falls Airport and the base, you appreciate how critical a piece of infrastructure this is.”