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Niagara Falls air base gets $14 million for fitness center

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a military construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill for the coming fiscal year that includes $14 million to build a new fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, said Wednesday the money was included in legislation ready for President Trump's signature.

"I’m proud of the role I played in securing these essential funds, and will always fight to ensure the military facilities in New York are kept at the pinnacle of their field," Schumer said.

The senators said the bill includes construction projects at the Rome Labs and U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"It is vital that these facilities have the resources necessary to continue providing intelligence for our national defense and to best train the men and women who serve our country," Gillibrand said.

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