September 05, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $480,000 In Federal Funding For The Massena International Richards Field Airport

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used To Support Critical Infrastructure Upgrades

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $480,700 for the Massena International-Richards Field Airport. 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 make drainage improvements necessary to adequately handle stormwater runoff.

“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to St. Lawrence County,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, the Massena International-Richards Field Airport will be able to make the critical storm infrastructure upgrades needed to increase safety for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of St. Lawrence County every day.”

“Investing in infrastructure makes our airports safer and more efficient for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a necessary and important investment that will allow the Massena International-Richards Field Airport to upgrade its facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance public safety and improve service at airports across New York.”

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.