2 Fort Drum Sites Considered For Missile Defense
A proposed East Coast missile defense site on Fort Drum would be located in one of two locations along route 3A in Wilna.
That's part of what those attending a meeting Tuesday night at Carthage High School will learn about.
The meeting will play a part in the Missile Defense Agency's environmental impact statement on the proposed site.
There are three other proposed sites, and a similar meeting has already taken place for two of them.
It's still an estimated two years before Congress will decide whether it will create an East Coast site or not.
A decision will likely come down to politics.
"It'll be up to our representative from the 21st Congressional District, assuming he or she wants an East Coast missile defense site, to push for Fort Drum," said Joseph Jockel, professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University.
If the professor is right, and the military defense issue becomes a political one, it'll be another issue for candidates in the race for New York's 21st Congressional District to consider.
"The GBI interceptors that they're talking about cost about $90 million apiece," said Matt Funiciello, Green Party candidate.
Funiciello said he would vote against any East Coast site.
Republican Elise Stefanik would vote for it and told us she would fight to make Drum the leading contender.
Democrat Aaron Woolf didn't say whether he would vote for or against an East Coast site, but acknowledged Fort Drum as an ideal location for one.
Fort Drum is one of five sites being evaluated and the only one in New York state.
Interceptor sites use missiles to shoot down other missiles.
There are just two other sites in the United States - one in Alaska, the other in California - that cover the West Coast.
Military officials are considering a third to protect the East Coast.
The three-hour meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Carthage High School cafeteria.