Albany- In an effort to create a world class Veterans Cemetery at the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base, State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) has announced the establishment of the Sampson Veterans Cemetery Advisory Board. The board will meet to explore plans for the development of the cemetery and discuss the state regulations which will govern the board.
Senator Nozzolio has committed over $500,000 in New York State funding to create a Veterans cemetery as the final resting place for veterans, and has sponsored legislation which will transfer over 450 acres of surplus New York State property back to Seneca County. Approximately 100 acres will be dedicated for the construction of the Veterans Cemetery.
“Throughout our nation’s history, veterans have made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our democracy, said Senator Nozzolio. “In fighting for freedom and peace, our veterans secured America’s greatness, a greatness that prevails today because of all our veterans’ tremendous collective sacrifice. America’s veterans are our true heroes, and this cemetery will be a lasting tribute and place of honor where they will be appropriately remembered.”
“I remain steadfast in my commitment to bring this cemetery to the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base in Seneca County and look forward to meeting with the Advisory Board to discuss future plans,” Nozzolio concluded.
In addition to Senator Nozzolio, confirmed members of the Board include: Wayne and Cindy Campbell, Carmen Pascarella, Olive Jameson, Jim Lewis, John Barwinczok, Ted Fafinski, Ronald Pettengill and David Kaiser.