08.04.14

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Funding for Schenectady County Airport

More than $800,000 will go to rehabilitate airport apron

SCHENECTADY – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Schenectady County will receive $816,180 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate the county airport’s apron.

"Making sure our airports are as safe as possible is one of my top priorities,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, the Schenectady County Airport will be able to upgrade and renovate its runway to ensure the safety of passengers and pilots that fly in and out of the airport every day. Keeping the Schenectady Airport in top shape will allow it to continue to serve as a major economic driver for all of the Capital Region.”

“Investing in New York’s vital transportation infrastructure allows us to keep pace with the growing economy and tourism industry,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding for the Schenectady County Airport will help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, and will help strengthen the local economy.”

“This project will ensure operations at Schenectady County Airport will continue to run smoothly and safely. Ensuring our local airports have the resources to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers in the Capital Region is critical as we continue our campaign to attract new business and create jobs at the community level. I would also like to acknowledge our strong partnership with the Schenectady County Legislature and its Chairman, Anthony Jasenski, who has been a champion of the county’s economic development efforts and an able steward of this facility,” said Congressman Tonko.

"Thank you Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko for this significant investment and continued support of Schenectady County, especially our County Airport,” saidAnthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature. “This grant will allow us to maintain the high level of safety and service we provide to our air travelers and businesses that rely on our airport.   When combined with other investments in and around the airport, these improvements will continue the momentum created by our unified economic development team within the Airport Business and Technology Park and up and down Route 50."

The Schenectady County airport is county-owned and was founded in 1927. It is home to the Stratton Air National Guard Base, an Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Schenectady County Community College air traffic control program, as well as the County’s Recreation Center and Ice Rink.

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