In an effort to make use of the Rome Armory and keep it from remaining vacant, Assemblymember Anthony J. Brindisi (D-Utica) authored a bill that passed the Assembly to transfer ownership of the former New York State armory to the city of Rome. This legislation would allow city to use the building for various municipal purposes (A.10627).
“Turning control of the armory over to the city of Rome would greatly benefit our community,” Assemblymember Brindisi said. “Instead of leaving the armory vacant, this legislation would enable the city to make its own decisions regarding the property and help ensure that it is actually being used.”
The armory, which is located on Black River Boulevard, was closed along with 10 other armories across New York State in 2011. The decision to do so was made as part of statewide budget crunching.
If granted ownership of the armory, the city of Rome would relocate its recreation, parks and electrical departments to the currently vacant site. Additionally, the property would be utilized by the city for a variety of other municipal uses, as it features a large garage and considerable storage space.