September 12, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $600K In Federal Funding For Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport In Warren County

Fed Dept. of Transportation Grant Will Fund Critical Runway Improvements

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $606,600 in federal funding for the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the grant will fund the installation of a new runway guidance system and two pole-mounted obstruction lights. 

“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to ensuring the safety of the passengers and pilots who fly in and out every day,” said Senator Schumer. “These funds will allow the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport to make the necessary upgrades to enable safer, more efficient service for our community.” 

“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who use Floyd Bennett Memorial 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 is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) 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.