Dear Secretary McHugh,
We write to request your assistance in helping to convert the Lockwood Army Reserve Center in Malone, NY to a Northern Border Cooperative Operations Center. We know you are familiar with the property, which lies in the heart of the 23rd Congressional District. As you may know, the Reserve Center was closed in September, 2010 and was officially deemed excess property by the United States Army Reserve.
In recent months the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, who operates a Border Narcotics task force which includes officers and agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol, New York State National Guard, New York State Police, Malone, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake Police Departments and the St Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, along with the State of New York and Franklin County, have expressed interest in establishing a Northern Border Intelligence Center to help coordinate efforts in dealing with smuggling and other cross border criminal activities that directly impact the safety and security of the northern New York region. The vacant Lockwood Army Reserve Center would be the perfect location for this new law enforcement center.
Our understanding is that the property is under the control of the Army Real Property office. We would appreciate your assistance in getting the title to the property transferred to Franklin County, so that it could be used to help protect our northern border, our state, and country from criminal organizations intent on exploiting the northern border region of New York State in order to facilitate the smuggling of contraband, narcotics and aliens.