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NIAGARA FALLS – Grants totaling $425,000 have been awarded in support of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, part of almost $2.9 million designed to strengthen the state’s military installations as Congress considers cuts in defense spending.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Military Base Retention grants Friday. They are part of the state’s efforts to safeguard New York’s National Guard capabilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to protect the economic and employment opportunities provided by major military facilities.

“New York’s military installations are a major driver of local economies, and we will fight to keep these bases strong and secure, right here in our state,” the governor said in a statement.

The Niagara County Center for Economic Development will receive $300,000 to promote the importance of the 914th and 107th Airlift Wings and to support local workforce development in fields related to their missions.

The Niagara Military Affairs Council was awarded $125,000 to support planning, Web development and events to advocate a strong future for the missions of those units.