March 30, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand And Owens Announce Nearly $200,000 Awarded To Adirondack Regional Airport

Funding Will Be Used To Expand the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Building and to Improve Airport Drainage

 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Bill Owens today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Adirondack Regional Airport a grant of $190,000 to fund an expansion and improvement project. Paid through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the grant will be used to expand the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Building and to study the airport’s drainage, all while creating much-needed construction jobs.

"These improvements to the fire/rescue building and other facilities will ensure that Adirondack Regional Airport continues to provide safety and emergency response to the flying public,” Schumer said. “This airport is vital to the local economy, and not only do these types of projects keep the economic engine running, but they also create valuable jobs during a tough economic time. I will continue fighting to keep these grants coming.”

“This is a great investment for the North Country,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help improve operations at the airport, support job creation and enhance safety for travelers. I will continue working with Senator Schumer to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

“Our airport has the potential to play a large role in our economic recovery, and this funding will give Adirondack Regional the tools it needs to do just that,” said Owens.  “The more we support our local airports, the more we can continue to grow jobs and pull ourselves out of the recession.”

Adirondack Regional Airport will use the $190,000 to expand the existing aircraft rescue and firefighting building, providing adequate space and relieving congestion that can pose a safety risk, and to conduct an comprehensive airport drainage study needed to determine the condition of drainage systems and to prevent flooding.