Schumer: No issues for potential cemetery sites

PEMBROKE, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed environmental assessments of the three potential sites for a national veterans cemetery in western New York.

Schumer says the VA is expected to report no significant findings when it releases the report on Sunday. The environmental assessment is the final step before the VA can close on its preferred site.

The VA has been considering three sites east of Buffalo, one in suburban Lancaster and two in the rural Genesee County town of Pembroke. The preferred location is a 132-acre site in Pembroke that’s just north of Thruway Exit 48A.

The VA announced four years ago that it wanted to build a new national veterans cemetery between Buffalo and Rochester. The closest national cemetery is in Bath in the Southern Tier. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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