Martin C. Evans

LI Armories, Reserve Centers to Close, Consolidate in Farmingdale

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

A $93 million facility that will allow National Guard, Army and Marines facilities to consolidate their operations at a single Long Island location opens in Farmingdale this morning – one year late and $7 million over its announced cost in 2007.

The facility on Route 110 just south of Republic Airport, will result in relocating operations from closing National Guard armories in Bay Shore, Huntington Station, Patchogue, Freeport and Riverhead, and Army and Marine Reserves centers in Uniondale and Amityville.

Military proponents say the consolidation will streamline the emergency mobilization of military assets whose operations and chains of commands are spread out across Long Island, and save millions in the cost of renovating and maintaining separate facilities.

But there has been some grumbling that removing military units from communities could leave them more vulnerable in case a hurricane or other large-scale emergency brought with it the need for immediate help in isolated villages and towns.

What do you think of this consolidation? Please post your comments, or contact me at 516 313-2906.

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