Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $5 Million In Federal Funding For Rochester-Area Airports

Aug 17, 2022

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $4,812,354 in federal funding for four Rochester-area airports: Frederick Douglass, Canandaigua, Penn Yan, and Finger Lakes Regional. The funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which was bolstered by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and will be used to acquire emergency equipment and enhance airfield safety. 

“This federal investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which I championed in the Senate, will help airports across the Finger Lakes reach new heights,” said Senator Schumer. “Transportation connections to the wider world are essential for community development and economic opportunity, and I have long been a champion of bringing those connections to Rochester, Penn Yan, and beyond. The funding announced today means opportunities for more jobs, more growth, and more investment in the future. I will always work with the community to fight for Rochester and the Finger Lakes economic take off.”

Airports in and around Rochester serve millions of travelers each year,” said Senator Gillibrand. “They need to be safe, modern, and efficient in order to facilitate tourism and spur local economic growth, and that requires continued upgrades. That’s why I fought to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which is providing billions in funds for projects like these. It’s time to rebuild our state’s crumbling infrastructure and this is a critical step in the right direction. I’m proud to be delivering these funds and I’ll keep fighting for resources to revitalize our airports, roads, and bridges.” 

A full list of funding recipients is below: 




Finger Lakes Regional Airport

$ 58,500

Acquire or rehabilitate emergency generator


$ 177,210

Acquire or rehabilitate emergency generator

Penn Yan

$ 267,597

Acquire aircraft deicing equipment

Frederick Douglass/Greater Rochester


$ 2,159,178

Rehabilitate taxiway

Frederick Douglass/Greater Rochester



Improve and modify access road