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Plan for Western New York veterans cemetery advances

The first burials on the 137-acre site in Pembroke could happen as soon as November of 2020.

ALBANY, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Saturday that over $23 million has been allotted to a veterans cemetery in Western New York.

Global Urban Enterprise of Victor, N.Y., won the $23.3 million contract from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to begin construction on a new Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke.

Schumer's office said the first burials on the 137-acre site could happen as soon as November of 2020. In the project's first phase, there would be roughly 2,500 gravesites for caskets, and 1,500 in-ground sites for cremated remains for veterans and their families.

Currently, the closest veterans cemetery is located in Bath, N.Y., about two hours east of Buffalo, in Steuben County.

"Making this cemetery come to reality has been and remains one of my top priorities, and I won’t stop fighting until it comes to fruition,” Schumer said in a statement, adding that he wants to secure another $10 million in this year's federal budget to complete the project.

"This contract and the cemetery’s construction soon getting underway helps guarantee Western New York’s military veterans will have a proper burial, at a site close to the homes, families, and the very communities they dedicated their lives to defend and serve," Schumer said.

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