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Funding Will Be Used To Rehabilitate, Reconstruct, Modify, And Build Airport Facilities & More 

Senators Say Funding Arrives Just In Time As New York Prepares To Reopen Next Week 

Schumer, Gillibrand: 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 $21,197,296 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to airports and counties across Upstate New York. The senators said the funding will be used for a variety of airport safety and quality improvement projects and will serve as a lifeline to local airports struggling to stay afloat after more than year of record-low travel rates.

The funding announcement comes soon after New York mostly reopened on May 19th after more than a year of COVID restrictions on travel and tourism, which plays an essential role in many Upstate economies.

“Air travel is vital to the connectivity and success of the Upstate economy, which is why, as New York prepares to reopen next week, 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 Upstate airports and counties to improve air travel safety and quality, and I will continue to fight to make sure Upstate New York has the help it needs to revive and thrive.”

“New York State airports connect our communities to the rest of the world and will play a critical role in getting our local economies back on track,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As New York prepares to reopen, this  federal investment will help increase airport safety standards, efficiency, and will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

A portion of the funding to each airport and county comes from FAA COVID grants through the American Rescue Plan, which Schumer had a direct hand in securing. In total, Schumer has now secured over $624,229,655 for upstate airports in the past year.

A breakdown of the $21,197,296 going to various Upstate airports and counties can be found below:




Syracuse Hancock International


Conduct or update miscellaneous study

Syracuse Hancock International


Improve/Modify/Rehabilitate terminal building

Syracuse Hancock International


Rehabilitate taxiway, Rehabilitate taxiway lighting

Watertown International


Install runway vertical/visual guidance system

Watertown International


Reconstruct apron

Griffiss International


Construct taxiway, Extend taxiway, Install taxiway lighting

Massena International Richards Field


Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand sand and chemical storage building

Ogdensburg International


Acquire aircraft rescue & firefighting safety equipment

Ogdensburg International


Improve airport drainage

Elmira/Corning Regional


Conduct or update miscellaneous study

Elmira/Corning Regional


Improve/Modify/Rehabilitate terminal building

Elmira/Corning Regional


Reconstruct apron

Elmira/Corning Regional


Improve/Modify/Rehabilitate ARFF building

Ithaca Tompkins International


Rehabilitate taxiway (Taxiway A), Rehabilitate taxiway [Taxiway F], Remove taxiway, Shift or reconfigure existing taxiway [Taxiway D], Shift or reconfigure existing taxiway [Taxiway E]

Ithaca Tompkins International


Construct aircraft rescue & firefighting building, Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand snow removal equipment building

Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field


Install miscellaneous NAVAIDS, Reconstruct or replace airport

Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field


Construct/Extend/Improve safety area – 16/34

Corning-Painted Post


Rehabilitate runway – 13/31



Obstructions marking/Lighting/Removal – 03/21

Lt Warren Eaton


Reconstruct airfield guidance signs, Rehabilitate taxiway, Rehabilitate taxiway lighting

Columbia County


Rehabilitate runway – 03/21, Rehabilitate taxiway

Orange County


Rehabilitate apron

Orange County


Construct snow removal equipment building

Joseph Y Resnick


Rehabilitate apron, Rehabilitate taxilane

Westchester County


Reconstruct airfield guidance signs, Reconstruct taxiway lighting, Rehabilitate taxiway

Hudson Valley Regional


Acquire aircraft rescue & firefighting safety equipment

Niagara Falls International


Reconstruct taxiway, Rehabilitate taxiway, Rehabilitate taxiway lighting