Economic Impact of Air Base Cuts

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM EDT

Town of Niagara, N.Y. (WKBW) On Tuesday, the U.S Air Force announced that they were planning to cut close to 1,000 positions from Niagara Air Reserve Station.

The cuts are part of the Defense Department’s plan to trim $487-billion dollars from its budget over the next ten years.

The news has sent local politicians scrambling, hoping to find a way to save the airbase jobs.

All the eliminated positions are being taken from the New York Air National Guard - 107th Airlift Wing.

Three C-130 transport planes are also being removed.

The planned cutback is created a very stressful situation for residents and businesses located in the area around the Niagara airbase.

In the Town of Niagara, several businesses line major roads which lead to the Niagara Air Reserve Station - and the majority of the customers are base employees.

"The airbase is more than just jobs. It is a community. It is a family. This affects everybody and I really hope they take a second look," adds Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards.