Several regional airports to benefit from funding

ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that $23.6 million in infrastructure funding has been awarded to support safety enhancements, modernization of facilities, operational improvements and local business development at 31 airports statewide.

These projects are funded through the Governor's State Aviation Capital Grant Program initiative.

"New York's airports represent the front door to our local communities and are critical to facilitating tourism and business development," Governor Cuomo said. "A world class airport is crucial to regional economic growth, and by investing in the modernization of our local airports we are creating vibrant communities where people want to live, work and play."

Airports in the region that will benefit included: $369,000 to renovate an aircraft hangar at the Dansville Municipal Airport in Livingston County; $1.5 million to construct a photovoltaic solar parking facility at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in Chemung County; and $64,000 to upgrade and modernize the aircraft fuel facility at the Corning-Painted Post Airport in Steuben County.

Projects being awarded include the construction of new passenger amenities such as new wayfinding technologies, construction of new airplane hangars and fuel facilities, enhancements to safety and security, and expansion of vehicular parking facilities. These activities will help make the communities surrounding these airports more economically competitive with facilities in neighboring states.

Through this initiative, upstate airports in New York will continue to improve their facilities to better serve the public, while retaining and creating aeronautical jobs, according to the governor. The State Department of Transportation will immediately begin working with airport project sponsors to expedite the delivery of these improvements.

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo recognizes that New York's economy relies on a resilient and efficient network of airports. While many small airport facilities have been ignored across the nation, the Governor continues to invest in upstate airports to ensure the communities they serve remain connected to global markets."

New York Aviation Management Association President Christina R. Callahan said, "The New York Aviation Management Association and its members support Governor Cuomo's efforts to ensure that the State pursues policies that are pro-growth and pro job creation. Sustained and enhanced investments in our local airports is one of these winning strategies."

The new funding complements the Governor's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition that provided $200 million to modernize airports using cost-effective strategies that enhance safety, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact and create a better passenger experience. Major renovations have been completed at Greater Rochester International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Elmira Corning Regional Airport and Plattsburg International Airport. Funding has been awarded for transformational improvement projects at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and Albany International Airport.