North Country residents come out in large numbers to support Fort Drum
Residents and community leaders from the area surrounding Fort Drum came out Friday evening to support the post. The Army is facing personnel cuts, and has to decide where those cuts will take place.
First, a rally was held at Jefferson County Community College. And then a "listening session" where high-level officials from the Army heard from members of the community about what Fort Drum means to the North Country.
The military has said that, at worst, Fort Drum could lose as many as 16,000 uniformed and civilian jobs.
Elected officials from the area also attended, including Rep. Elise Stefanik, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also was on hand.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent statements or video messages in support of keeping Fort Drum at its current staffing levels.
WRVO News will have more details about the rally and listening session on Monday's Morning Edition.