$2.1M from feds lands at Griffiss to boost taxiways


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday announced that the Griffiss International Airport will receive just over $2.1 million in federal funding for taxiway construction and extension and to install taxiway lighting. The funds are part of $21,197,296 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds awarded to airports and counties across upstate New York.

Air travel is vital to the connectivity and success of the upstate economy, which is why, as New York prepares to reopen next week, it is critical that we provide the funding necessary to keep the airports safe and efficient,” Schumer said. 

“I’m proud to deliver this funding for Upstate airports and counties to improve air travel safety and quality, and I will continue to fight to make sure Upstate New York has the help it needs to revive and thrive,” said Schumer, the U.S. Senate majority

“New York State airports connect our communities to the rest of the world and will play a critical role in getting our local economies back on track,” said Gillibrand. “As New York prepares to reopen, this  federal investment will help increase airport safety standards, efficiency, and will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

A portion of the funding to each airport and county comes from FAA COVID grants through the American Rescue Plan. In total, Schumer has now secured over $624,229,655 for upstate airports in the past year, the announcement said.



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