- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the effort to convince the federal government to designate a central New York state historic site as a national park.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (bit.ly/1QxJ5i5) New York Democrat introduced legislation in the Senate Monday that would require the National Park Service to conduct a study into whether Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego should become part of the national park system.

The 19th-century fort on Lake Ontario was built on the site of three earlier fortifications dating back to the French and Indian War.

The state-owned property is also home to the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum. During World War II the fort housed nearly 1,000 mostly Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis in European.

Congressman John Katko of the Syracuse area introduced a similar bill in the House in December.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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