September 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Sullivan County International Airport Set To Receive Over $1 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Airport Fire Fighting & Rescue Program

DOT Funding Will Be Used to Construct Facility for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Equipment at Sullivan County International; Will Improve Passenger, Worker and Pilot Safety

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Sullivan County International Airport is set to receive $1,034,621 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Sullivan County International Airport to construct an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building to house and extend the life of their life-saving ARFF equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.
 
"This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Sullivan County International Airport every day,” said Schumer. “With this funding, the airport can make sure that fire fighting capabilities are top notch, which will help ensure passenger safety and the smooth operation of the facility. I will continue to fight for funds like these that promote safety at all New York airports.”

“This is an important investment for Sullivan County International Airport,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal funds will help upgrade the airport’s safety and preparedness, and provide better service for travelers. I will keep fighting to secure the resources New York’s airports need.”
 
The funding for Sullivan County International Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program, administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration. 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).