07.01.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $26 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTH COUNTRY AIRPORTS

Funding Will Be Used To Rehabilitate Runways, Reconstruct Runway Lighting, Acquire Snow Removal Equipment, Reconstruct Perimeter Fencing, And Conduct Or Update Studies 

Syracuse Hancock International, Ogdensburg International, Oswego County Airport, Massena International-Richards Field To Receive Federal Funding 

Schumer, Gillibrand: FAA Funding Helps Central New York and North Country Pick Up Where They Lifted Off

After announcing $7.1 million for Watertown International Airport last week, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $26,091,875 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Ogdensburg International Airport, Oswego County Airport, and Massena International-Richards Field. The senators said that the funding will be used for a variety of airport safety and quality improvement projects, including rehabilitating runways, reconstruct runway lighting, acquiring snow removal equipment, reconstructing perimeter fencing, and conducting or updating studies.

“Air travel in and out of Central New York and the North Country region is vital to the connectivity and success of the regional economy, which is why, as the regions reopen 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 and will continue to fight to make sure Central New York and North Country have the help they need to revive and thrive.”

“As communities in New York prepare to reopen, this critical funding will help local airports in the North Country and Central New York regions provide high-quality and safe travel experiences,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding is key to ensuring the continued economic stability and success of these regions. I will continue fighting for the resources our airports across New York need to safely reopen, rebuild, and transition into a post-coronavirus era.”

Specifically, Syracuse Hancock International Airport will receive $15,355,475, Ogdensburg International Airport will receive $1,052,631, Oswego County Airport will receive $208,000, and Massena International-Richards Field will receive $1,070,000. 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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