FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2006
Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $384,000 For North Country Airports
Federal Money Will Be Used for Snow Removal Equipment and Obstruction Removal
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $147,714 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to the Watertown International Airport and $237,000 to the Massena International-Richards Field Airport. The money will be used to acquire snow removal equipment and obstruction removal.
“This is great news for the North Country," said Schumer. "The Watertown International Airport welcomes tourists traveling to New York each year, and these improvements are important for local businesses and strengthening the local economy. I will continue to fight for federal funds to help the airport remain a thriving center of activity and a hub for economic growth in the region."
“Both of these airports get many flights each day and they continue to grow. This funding is an important investment in the region as it will help to keep runways obstruction free and flights running as often as possible, no matter what the weather or the conditions,” Senator Clinton said.
This grant will provide federal funding for the acquisition of snow removal equipment at Watertown International Airport. The existing equipment is antiquated and requires replacement.
Massena International-Richards Field Airport will use federal funds for obstruction removal. This project will enhance airport safety.