September 16, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $73,000 For Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport In Warren County

Funding Will Be Used To Replace Old Snow Removal Equipment

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $73,297 in federal funding for the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Warren County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will be used to replace much-needed snow removal equipment. Floyd Memorial will replace their current 25-year-old snow removal vehicle with a new, four-ton truck used to plow airport hangars, parking lots and terminals. This upgrade will allow the airport to remove snow efficiently during winter months and allow continuous, smooth operation of the airport’s services for its passengers and pilots.

“With this funding, the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport can purchase the equipment needed to ensure passenger safety and the smooth operation of their facilities during the winter months,” said Senator Schumer. “Keeping Floyd Bennett in top shape allows it to serve as a major economic driver for the entire Glens Falls area.”

“New equipment for the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport is vital to ensuring that the airport runs efficiently and effectively,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The airport’s snow removal equipment was out of date and needed to be replaced. With this new equipment, more passengers can travel without snow delays.”

“Warren County is very pleased to learn of the recent FAA Grant Award,” said Ross DuBarry, Manager of Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. “This new piece of snow removal equipment will enable Warren County to continue to provide award winning snow removal operations and world class service our customers have come to expect.”

This funding is awarded through 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.