Golden Age Games for vets back on in western NY

Event was slated to be cut due to funding

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Golden Age Games are back on in western New York, thanks to some intense lobbying of the Department of Veterans Affairs by the region's congressional delegation.

 Sen. Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo announced on Monday that VA officials have reversed their decision to cancel the games scheduled to be held in the Buffalo-Niagara region later this spring.

The VA said last month that it was canceling the New York games after evaluating the event and its alignment with department priorities.

But Schumer, Higgins and other members of western New York's House delegation blasted the decision, saying it would cost the region's economy more than $2 million in hotel reservations and other expenditures by visitors.

The games, open to veterans 55 and older, will be held from May 30 to June 4.

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