June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Dutchess County Regional Airport to Receive More Than $1 Million in DOT Funding For Infrastructure Improvements

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Improvements At Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Dutchess County Airport will receive $1,000,800 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades.

“I am pleased to add this federal investment to the list of ‘arrivals’ at Dutchess County Regional airport,” said Senator Schumer.  “We should always strive to achieve the highest standards of aviation safety, and this funding will support that goal by repairing and upgrading the electrical system at Dutchess County Regional airport.”

“Airport safety should always be a top priority,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal dollars will help support infrastructure upgrades to improve the Dutchess County airport, ensuring better, safer service for the thousands of New Yorkers they serve per year.”

“I commend the partnership between Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, our federal representatives and Dutchess County in delivering important federal funding to boost the economic viability of Dutchess County’s airport,”   said New York State Senator Terry Gipson (District 41-Dutchess, Putnam).

The funding will be used to rehabilitate the Dutchess County Airport’s taxiways to ensure safer airfield operations by improving the structural integrity of the pavement. The funding will also be used to realign Taxiway A, to meet operational needs at the airport as well as to design a new lighting electrical vault - to replace the current, aged vault.

This funding for Dutchess County Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 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 (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.