U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,958,949 in federal funding is being awarded to Stewart International Airport to improve runway infrastructure. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.
“This federal grant will literally pave the way for economic development in the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Schumer. “By facilitating runway repairs at Stewart International, we can better serve residents, businesses and visitors to Hudson Valley and help boost the area’s economy.
“This is an important investment for Stewart International Airport and the Hudson Valley,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Improving the airport’s runway can help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, and help strengthen the local economy.”
“This is terrific news, not just for Stewart Airport, but for the entire Orange County and Hudson Valley region as well,” Orange County Chamber of Commerce President Dr. John A. D’Ambrosio said. “The runways at Stewart have been in need of repair and rehabilitation for quite some time and it’s great to know that this critical safety issue will now be addressed. We are grateful for Sen. Gillibrand’s efforts in securing the funding.”
The federal funding for Stewart International Airport will specifically be used to improve runway safety through re-designing and rehabilitating a runway that his deteriorated over the years and help to ensure that the airport operates at its highest efficiency.