August 27, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300,000 in Department of Transportation Funding for Watertown International Airport

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Airport Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $332,500 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant has been awarded to the Watertown International Airport. The grant will be used to purchase a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle at Watertown International Airport.

"This is great news for Jefferson County," said Schumer. "This funding will ensure that Watertown International Airport stays on the forefront of safety technology. This new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle will help protect our firefighters and every passenger that travels through Watertown International Airport. I will continue to fight for every opportunity to protect New Yorkers and their visitors, and will make sure that airport safety remains a top priority."

"This is the right investment for the Watertown International Airport," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help give the airport the resources it needs to 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."

According to the DOT grant, these funds will provide federal funding to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle at Watertown International Airport in Jefferson County. The purchase will ensure that Watertown International Airport meets standards associated with a commercial service airport. The vehicle is designed for speed and a high water carrying capacity. The firefighters who operate the vehicle are specially trained to react quickly to an airport ground emergency.