GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $3.6 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING FOR AIRPORT MODERNIZATION, OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS AND SAFETY ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS IN THE CAPITAL REGION
Funding will Provide Critical Support for Local Business Development and Regional Economic Competitiveness; Promotes New Technologies and Energy Efficiency
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3.6 million in infrastructure funding has been awarded to support safety enhancements, modernization of facilities, operational improvements and local business development at four airports in The Capital Region. The funding is part of a $23.6 million investment in 31 airports statewide. These projects are funded through the Governor's State Aviation Capital Grant Program initiative and complement the Governor's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, which provided $200 million to modernize airports across Upstate.
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.
Infrastructure investments help make New York State attractive to new businesses and facilitate development and job growth. Through this initiative, upstate airports in New York will continue to improve their facilities to better serve the public, while retaining and creating well-paying aeronautical jobs. The State Department of Transportation will immediately begin working with airport project sponsors to expedite the delivery of these improvements.
Today's investment in The Capital Region includes:
·$510,000 to construct a new airport fueling facility at the Columbia County Airport