U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,877,273 for the Sidney Municipal Airport in Delaware County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Sidney Municipal Airport will use the funding to construct a new taxiway.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to Delaware County,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, the Sidney Municipal Airport will be able to construct a new taxiway which will improve safety and operations for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Delaware County every day.”
“Investing in infrastructure makes our airports safer and more efficient for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a necessary and important investment that will allow the Sidney Municipal Airport to upgrade its facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance public safety and improve service at airports across New York.”
“We are grateful to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their great work in securing this grant for us, which is part of a 3 million dollar project to build a parallel taxi way in the Sidney Municipal Airport. The Village of Sidney is undergoing great growth in both economic development and tourism which has resulted in our airport having increased usage. This parallel taxi way will be a great safety enhancement and allow us to more effectively serve everybody who uses our airport,” Said Gary Kindt Jr., Director of Airport Operations at the Sidney Municipal Airport.
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.