Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York: Gets more airport money

PLATTSBURGH — Nearly $1 million in federal money has been earmarked for improvements at Plattsburgh International Airport.

The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.

The airport will get $898,329 to renovate the 12,600-square-foot aircraft rescue and firefighting building on Arkansas Road, near the former air traffic control tower.

"Primarily, we will be doing the roof, windows and some work on the exterior of the building," Clinton County Deputy Administrator Rodney Brown said.

INVESTMENT

The Plattsburgh International Airport allocation was part of a $1.7 million pool of funding for Upstate airports.

"Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning of the local economy," U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement.

He said the money will be used to modernize airports and support New York state’s infrastructure.

"Enabling these critical projects paves the way for local economies and communities in Upstate New York," he said, adding that he will keep trying to bring "meaningful investment" in airports, which will "enhance overall quality and safety for passengers, pilots, and communities."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined Schumer in announcing the funds.

"Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for businesses and travelers," she said.

"These funds are a major investment that will provide several airports across Upstate New York with the resources to renovate and upgrade their facilities."

TRUST FUND

The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The money is drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and similar revenue sources.

STATE GRANT

Plattsburgh International Airport, which opened on the flight line of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the summer of 2007, recently completed a $54 million upgrade of its terminal building.

The county also was awarded $38 million from New York state for other upgrades and renovations on the airport property.

This latest round of federal money is in addition to the state grant.

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