Mayor Scott Burto recalls the days of good-paying jobs, plenty of them, at the paper mills along the Black River.
Today, the mills and the jobs are nearly all gone, casualties of foreign competition. But hope for a new boom is teasing the locals, and it has nothing to do with paper. The nation’s troubled but well-funded homeland missile defense program just might be the region’s salvation.
Nearby Ft. Drum is one of three sites under consideration for an installation of anti-missile interceptors — the latest phase of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD. Construction is expected to cost as much as $4 billion, potentially generating thousands of jobs directly and...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey address proposed budget cuts to the Pentagon.