August 28, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $370,000 for Sullivan County International Airport

FAA Award Will be Used to Purchase Snow Removal Equipment

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $370,080 in federal funding for the Sullivan County International Airport to purchase new snow removal equipment. The funding is allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

“This funding will ensure that Sullivan County Airport will remain safely open during those unexpected winter storms,” said Senator Schumer. “I applaud the DOT for helping Sullivan County Airport continue to serve residents, businesses and all visitors, no matter the season.”  

“This is an important investment for Sullivan County Airport and the local economy,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Updating the airport’s snow removal equipment will help keep flights on time even under the harshest winter conditions, improve safety, and help keep travelers and businesses on the move.”

“As Sullivan County International Airport is a vital asset for the local community and all of Sullivan County, we are very grateful to Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer for their efforts in obtaining this funding for equipment that will enhance safety and operations at our airport,” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature. “This facility is an economic development component that we are lucky to have and all efforts to maintain and preserve the operations and infrastructure only help in our endeavors to bring business and tourists to Sullivan County.”

The funding allocated through the grant will be used specifically to purchase snow removal equipment, wheel loader with blower and snow plow to replace outdated and ineffective equipment.