Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $209,000 for Massena International-Richards Field Airport in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Massena International-Richards Field Airport will use the funding to replace a large carrier vehicle with high capacity snow plow to keep the airport serviceable during snow periods and aid in the efficiency and safety of operations.
“Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff all-year-round in the North Country is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning the local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “This much-needed funding will allow the Massena International-Richards Field Airport to purchase equipment to clear runways and keep pilots and travelers safe during the winter months. Ensuring our Upstate airports, which are economic engines, have top-notch resources will always be a priority of mine.”
“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment that will help Massena International Airport prepare for the upcoming winter season and decrease snow delays. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety at airports across New York.”
“This announcement is great news for the Town of Massena and the thousands of passenger who use Massena International Airport each year. We take pride in the winter maintenance program at our airport and the new equipment to be purchased with this grant will keep our runways ready in all kinds of weather. On behalf of the Town and it’s residents, I would like to thank our federal representatives for partnering with us in local government for positive results for our citizens,” Joseph D. Gray, Massena Town Supervisor.
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.