WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is pushing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to get moving on construction of its new National Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke.
In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, the New York senator urged the agency to purchase the 60- and 77-acre parcels of land it needs to complete the cemetery. The VA already owns 132 acres of land for the cemetery, but needs to but an additional parcel so that visitors can access the cemetery from Indian Falls Road, rather than only via the busy State Route 77 corridor.
A gas line had to be moved before the VA could acquire those parcels, and now that that work has been done, Schumer said the agency should buy the land.
“It is now time for the VA to do its part to clear these final roadblocks so we can move to the construction phase ASAP," he said.