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  • Nicholas WESTBROOK
    The battle for a New York State W1812 Commission is not over. Legislation has recently been introduced in both houses: Assembly Bill 10027 (Brodsky) and
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6 7:03 AM
      The battle for a New York State W1812 Commission is not over. Legislation
      has recently been introduced in both houses: Assembly Bill 10027 (Brodsky)
      and Senate Bill 6990 (Aubertine). Opposition in the last round came not in
      the legislature but from the Governor's staff who were concerned about
      potential cost. They looked at the Champlain-Hudson Commission which had
      had large appropriations, an expensive staff (and lots of turnover), and
      quite modest accomplishments---and feared the same for a W1812 Commission.

      The proposed closure of fully half of New York's state historic sites is a
      short-sighted attempt at budget balancing.

      Now is the time to let legislators know that the story of W1812 is important
      to the state and nation. Here is where we acquired the world's longest
      peaceful border (with Canada), acquired a national icon (Uncle Sam), and won
      the greatest American victory of the war (Plattsburgh--on land and "sea").

      Nicholas Westbrook
      Vice Chair, NYS French & Indian War 250th Commission


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