Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Departure of state police helicopter costly for Genesee County, New York

Genesee County will lose $26,000 in yearly lease money and more than that in fuel sales at the County Airport as New York State Police Aviation Unit has moved to Rochester.

State police moved its Batavia and Syracuse operations to Greater Rochester International Airport, official today.

“This move will improve efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining the same or improved levels of service,” state police said in a statement.

State police renewed its lease with a five-year contract in 2011.

State police paid the county $26,136 this year to use space at the airport, County Manager Jay Gsell said.

“But the biggest thing was fuel,” he said. “That was a big benefit to us. They bought a lot of fuel and helped generate revenue, so we’re losing both the lease and fuel revenue.”

Gsell didn’t have a breakdown of how much state police spent on fuel. Highway Department Superintendent Tim Hens was unavailable Tuesday

Gsell did say there is a waiting list for people wanted to lease T-hangar space at the airport, which will offset the losses.

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