09.28.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $19.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLATTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FREDERICK DOUGLASS-GREATER ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND SARATOGA COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Reconstruct Runway Lighting, Rehabilitate Pavement, And Build New Wildlife Perimeter Fencing

Plattsburgh International Airport To Receive $13.5M, & Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport To Receive $2.4MSaratoga County To Receive $3.7M In Federal Funding 

Senators: FAA Funding Helps Upstate Economy Take Off

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $19,759,811 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to Plattsburgh International Airport, Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport, and Saratoga County. The senators said the funding will be used for a variety of airport safety and quality improvement projects, including reconstructing runway lighting, rehabilitating pavement, and building new wildlife perimeter fencing.

“Air travel is vital to the connectivity and success of the Upstate economy, which is why, as New York recovers after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we provide the funding necessary to keep the airports safe and efficient,” said Senator Schumer. “I’m proud to deliver this funding for Plattsburgh and Rochester airports and Saratoga County and will continue to fight to make sure Upstate New York has the help it needs to revive and thrive.”

“As New York State reopens, we must invest in airport infrastructure to ensure the safety of travelers flying in and out of New York,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will not only help airports in Upstate New York enhance critical safety measures, but it will also invest in vital infrastructure upgrades and help spur local economic development at a time when we need it most. I will do everything I can to ensure that our airports receive the resources needed to stay safe and efficient.”

Specifically, Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $13,583,273, Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport will receive $2,434,050, and Saratoga County will receive $3,742,488. A portion of the funding to each airport comes from FAA CARES Act grants, which Schumer had a direct hand in negotiating.

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