U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $427,500 in federal funding for the second part of a two-phase project at the Schenectady County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will allow the airport to install a 5,200 foot wildlife perimeter fence in order to protect the airport from unauthorized and inadvertent entry as well as potential wildlife hazards.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to the region,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, the Schenectady County Airport will be able to make the protective infrastructure upgrades needed to increase safety for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Schenectady every day.”
“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who use the Schenectady County Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment that will allow the airport to renovate and upgrade its facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance public safety at airports across New York.”
This funding for Schenectady County Airport in New York is part of the Airport Improvement and Rehabilitate Access Road Program 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.