Hudson Valley, N.Y. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,789,111 for Stewart International Airport and Kingston-Ulster Airport, Inc. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Stewart International Airport located in Orange County will receive $1,717,911 to rehabilitate 11,817 feet of Runway 9/27 and 6,004 feet of Runway 16/34 to maintain the structural integrity of the pavements. The Kingston-Ulster Airport located in Ulster County will receive $71,200 to purchase 0.267 acres of land needed for future airport development and begin phase one of the removal of building and light pole obstructions in the Runway 15/33 with an environmental assessment study to evaluate any potential impacts.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to the region,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow two vital Hudson Valley airports to make critical infrastructure upgrades that will enable safer, more efficient service for the passengers and pilots who fly in and out of Orange and Ulster Counties every day.”
“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who use Randall Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment that will allow Stewart International and Kingston-Ulster Airports to carefully renovate and upgrade their 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.