07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $6.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Build New Runway and Expand Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,866,280 in federal funding for the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow the airport to construct a new runway, taxiway, and mitigate environmental pollution. With these funds, the Orange County Airport will be able to handle increased air traffic and enhance the local Montgomery economy. This will aid Orange County in the efficiency and safety of operations.

“This federal funding will allow the Orange County Airport to upgrade its runways. The grant will enable safer, more efficient service for ?passengers and pilots who fly in and out of the Hudson Valley region every day,” said Senator Schumer. “Making sure our airports have enough runway areas is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning of the local economy.”

“This funding will help advance runway renovations at the Orange County Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Investing in our airport’s infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety that New Yorkers can rely on.”

“Orange County is pleased that the FAA and Senator Schumer has provided us with this generous funding to enhance the safety of Orange County Airport and its surrounding communities. This runway realignment project will provide Orange County Airport with some of the most innovative aviation safety standards. I’m also proud of our Director of Aviation, Ed Magryta, and his team for their hard work in preparing this grant application,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus.

This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources. 

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