Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D., (NY-19) today announced that she has sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki requesting the discontinuation of the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) process at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus (Montrose) and Castle Point Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System. Earlier this year, Hayworth introduced H.R. 2642, the Hudson Valley VA Health Care Campus Protection Act, to prevent the sale, lease, or disposal of any VA property on these campuses, both located in New York's 19th Congressional District.
Hayworth also sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers requesting language be included in the Fiscal Year 2012 Military-Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that would to prevent an EUL at the Montrose and Castle Point VA campuses.
"For several years, our veterans in the Hudson Valley have consistently expressed concern about the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) process at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus (Montrose) and Castle Point Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System," Hayworth wrote. "Our nation has made a commitment to provide our veterans with the care they need through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hudson Valley veterans feel strongly that the Montrose and Castle Point campuses are essential assets within the VA system that honor the sacrifices they made for our country."
Under the VA's EUL, the present Montrose campus would consolidate operations to new facilities located on approximately 12 acres and would lease 172 acres of the total 184 on the campus, as well as lease over 780,000 square feet of building space, for private development. At Castle Point, 18 acres would be leased for senior housing development, but not exclusively for veterans and their families.