New York gun laws may limit Fort Drum impact of military’s expanded concealed carry rules

STEPHEN SWOFFORD / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Ricardo Riostirado, an Army veteran and a National Rifle Association-certified instructor with Operation Steel Rain, Pulaski, said many of the students in his Operation Steel Rain courses are Fort Drum soldiers or family members.

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Ricardo Riostirado, an Army veteran and a National Rifle Association-certified instructor with Operation Steel Rain, Pulaski, said many of the students in his Operation Steel Rain courses are Fort Drum soldiers or family members.

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August 2016 20 Questions: Ben Moore III, River Hospital

Critical care redefined

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Alexandria Bay’s River Hospital finds its niche in changing landscape

For River Hospital the last 10 years since Ben Moore III became CEO has been a transitional period as it experienced financial challenges, backlash from the Medicaid reimbursement changes, and then growth with the help of programs like the outpatient program for soldiers with PTSD coordinated with Fort Drum and TRICARE. Mr. Moore sat down with us this month to discuss how River Hospital overcame the challenges facing it and the future for the hospital and the north country’s health care industry as a whole. [Read more…]

Army Secretary John McHugh to leave job by November (VIDEO)

Army Secretary John M. McHugh gave no concrete answer a few weeks ago when asked how long he planned to stay in office. [Read more…]

Fort Drum project allocated $19 million in proposed DOD budget

A new training complex at Fort Drum has been allocated $19 million in the proposed 2016 fiscal year defense budget.

The facility will be used for training non-commissioned officers. The budget was unveiled Monday by the Department of Defense.

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said in a statement that she was pleased with the new proposal, and that “as we work to negotiate a budget between Congress and the President, this is an encouraging starting point.”

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that building a new complex will help maintain the Army’s training abilities.

“This is great news for Fort Drum and for the future generations of military personnel who will receive training, leadership development, and soldier-strengthening at this complex,” he said.

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the proposed funds were encouraging news for the base.

“The fact that the Army is prioritizing this construction shows confidence in Fort Drum’s contribution to our national security and is great news for the New Yorkers it will put to work,” she said.

 

By Gordon Block, Times Staff Writer