Council of Governors Want ANG Jobs Restored

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

(Niagara Falls, NY) The Pentagon is looking at a new proposal to save thousands of jobs targeted for elimination by the US Air Force.

The plan is being pushed by the Nation's Governors, and it could have a big impact at the Niagara Falls Airbase.

Two weeks ago, the Air Force announced that is was planning to cut 845 jobs from the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift WIng.

The plan has drawn sharp criticism from the Nation's Governors who count on the National Guard Units during times of natural disaster.

President Obama's Council of Governors has sent a proposal to the Pentagon that would reduce the amount of cutbacks to the Air Guard units.

Under the Council's plan, 3500 ANG jobs would be saved across the nation, and the 107th Airlift Wing would take on an intelligence mission using MC-12 aircraft.

"My hope is that we will hear something in the next few days, or the next couple of weeks, but I think it is a solid proposal and it is another powerful voice in this discussion," says Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27).