The move to consolidate Long Island's National Guard and Reserve units by next year will leave behind several empty buildings and result in fewer customers for some businesses, some local leaders said.

Under the consolidation, facilities will close in Amityville, Bay Shore, Freeport, Garden City, Huntington Station, Patchogue and Uniondale - with those troops reporting to Farmingdale.

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Depending on how much activity is at each facility and what kind of area it is in, some local businesses said they will miss the troops' presence.

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