Rome, NY (WIBX) - In response to a proposed series of Base Re-Alignment and Closure Commission cuts, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is asking Governor Cuomo to help ensure the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome is protected.

Brindisi said with assistance from the Governor and other local leaders, Rome Labs, the DFAS and Griffiss Business and Technology Park may continue to operate.

"We have nearly 5,800 people working at the Griffiss Business and technology Park, it's a vital part of our region's economy," Brindisi said. "So, I sent a letter to Governor , asking him to use whatever state resources are available to assist us in our effort. What we saw from previous BRAC hearings that it takes a total team effort, local officials, state representatives and our federal and industry representatives coming together to protect our region's assets."

According to Brindisi, the Defense Department has proposed cutting about $500 billion from the Defense budget over the next ten years.

During the last round of BRAC cuts in 2005, Rome Labs and DFAS were on the chopping block, but survived.