Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is urging a state agency to speed up the archaeological survey that must be completed before the federal Department of Veterans Affairs can move forward on a long-delayed national veterans cemetery in this region.
Schumer on Monday called on the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to complete a cultural-resource study required at one of three finalist sites for the cemetery, for which area veterans have waited since 2010.
The state is conducting an archaeological study of a 132-acre working farm at Route 77 and Indian Falls Road, in the Town of Pembroke, Genesee County.
Based on the findings of this study, the department is expected to move forward with the purchase of the Indian Falls Road site or move on to its second or third choices for the cemetery.
The other options are a 123-acre vacant piece of commercial land at Walden Avenue and Pavement Road, Lancaster, and a 104-acre vacant parcel, bisected by an electrical easement, at Route 5 and Cleveland Road, Pembroke.