Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $200,000 for Joseph Y. Resnick Airport

Aug 1, 2013

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $211,486 in federal funding is being awarded to Joseph Y. Resnick Airport to improve airport lighting. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

“I am pleased to add this federal investment to the list of ‘arrivals’ at Joseph Y. Resnick Airport,” said Senator Schumer.  “We should always strive to achieve the highest standards of airline safety, and this funding will support that goal by improving airport lighting.”

“This is an important investment for Joseph Y. Resnick Airport and the Hudson Valley,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Improving the airport’s infrastructure can help provide better, safer service for travelers and businesses, and help strengthen the local economy.”

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said, “I thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for this critical investment in the airport’s infrastructure. The greater Ellenville area is prime for economic development and private sector investment and these much needed federal dollars will only enhance Wawarsing and Ellenville’s  potential for growth and continued revitalization.”

Wawarsing Town Supervisor Scott Carlsen said, “This is an important grant for the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport which is operated by the Town of Wawarsing. The taxi way and runway lighting, as well as the rotating beacon and wind cone have come to the end of their usefulness, so this grant is critical for airport safety. I want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their continued support, it is greatly appreciated.”

The federal funding for Joseph Y. Resnick Airport will be used to replace the current rotating beacon and wind cone that are currently obsolete, additionally the current taxiway lighting will be replaced to ensure safety and that the airport operates at its highest efficiency.