The 2016-17 state budget contains $3 million to help strengthen and retain current and former military bases, including the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome.

Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi say the funding will help protect jobs in the Mohawk Valley and safeguard the region's military assets from possible funding cuts in the future.

They say the exact funding allocation that will go to Griffiss will be determined in the near future.

Brindisi said: “This funding can be used to support existing projects at Rome Lab and other military facilities, as well as for the redevelopment of the Griffiss Business Park.  Griffiss, DFAS and EADS are all major employers in our region and this allocation will help us to remain vigilant, in the event that there is another round of military base closings in the future.”

In addition to Griffiss, the funding will be split among other military bases that include Fort Drum and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.