September 15, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.5 Million in Department of Transportation Funding For Griffiss International Airport

Funding Will Be Used To Improve Airport Safety in Oneida County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $2,517,500 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant will be allocated to Griffiss International Airport. The grant will be used to rehabilitate the runway pavement at Griffiss International Airport. The airport is used for over 850 commercial flights and 150 military flights each year.

"This federal funding will ensure the continuing safety and structural integrity of Griffiss International Airport's runways," Schumer said.  "With this grant, the airport can make improvements and repairs to runway pavement that will serve the residents of Oneida County and our military personnel by improving their aviation safety.  I promise to keep fighting to secure funds that will keep our airports safe and secure in the future."

"This is a great investment for Griffis International Airport," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help improve infrastructure at the airport, support job creation and enhance safety for travelers. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., said: "Because of our partnership with our representatives in Washington and their understanding of the potential of Griffiss International Airport, we are able to move forward with our efforts to redevelop this historic airstrip as the catalyst for regional economic growth. I want to thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their efforts to support this project in partnership with Congressman Arcuri and Oneida County Government. Renovating and upgrading the runway is a vital task that can be undertaken because we have been able to receive this federal funding. This investment of federal dollars, coupled with existing investments, is contributing to the transformation of Griffiss and the long-range economic revival of our region."

According to the DOT grant, these funds will go toward rehabilitation of the runways at Griffiss International Airport, as the existing pavement is in very poor condition and requires rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations at the airport.