Watertown (WTNY) -- A big turnout as was expected Thursday for a public meeting held to discuss the future of Ft. Drum.
The listening session brought dozens of speakers and about 200 people to Case Middle School. The event was such a success in bringing in a high turnout, that the meeting went about 90 minutes over it's allotted two hour time window. Most of those who spoke voiced support for the base and the impact that it has had on the North County, especially economically. That wasn't completely the case however. One man interrupted the proceedings, complaining about the military's use of helicopters in the region. He left before he could be escorted out. The Army is looking to cut about 80,000 troops within the next four years. That could mean a reduction in levels at Drum, or possibly an increase. That all depends on what eventual decisions are made.
The Army is holding similar community sessions at other installations across the country.