06.09.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR JOSEPH Y. RESNICK AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Improvements At Airport


U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Ulster County will receive $1,214,190.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The federal funding will be used for runway renovations and repairing lighting systems. This will enhance the runway’s structural integrity and improve safety conditions.

“Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of our Hudson Valley travelers,” said Senator Schumer. “This much-needed funding will allow Resnick Airport in Ulster County to make critical upgrades to its runway and install the kinds of lighting systems that will help keep pilots and travelers safe. Ensuring our regional airports, which are economic engines, have top-notch resources will always be a priority of mine.”

“This funding will help support critical infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to the Joseph Resnick Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our local airports are vital economic anchors that businesses and travelers rely on every day and I will continue to push for resources that enhance their efficiency and safety.”

“The Village of Ellenville appreciates the efforts of our Senators in getting us this grant for the airport. The funding will be put to good use by both the village and town residents,” said Ellenville Mayor Kaplan.

“We very much appreciate Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their efforts in helping us achieve $1,214,190.00 for the Joseph Y Resnick Airport refurbishing and lighting,” said Leonard Distel, Wawarsing Town Supervisor. “This funding is much needed and on behalf of the Supervisor's office, clerical staff and Wawarsing Town Board, we thank them.”

The grant will fund milling and repairs to 3,838 feet of Runway 4/22 for structural integrity and minimizing debris from foreign objects. The lighting system of Runway 4/22 will also be upgraded to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions

This funding for the Joseph Y Resnick Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program 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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