Governor Hochul Announces $49 Million in State Funding for Airports Across New York State
From NY Governor Kathy Hochul,
Big news for the Town of Wellsville! Today the state announced a major funding for the only airport in Allegany County. Details of the funding:
Wellsville Municipal Airport, Allegany County – $0.5 million toward the demolition/removal of the existing north hangar roof and the installation of a new insulated metal roof system with new gutters and downspouts.
Other Western New York Airports also awarded big dollars from Albany:
WESTERN NEW YORK – $6.3 million
- Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Erie County – $2.2 million toward the purchase and installation of two replacement passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) with new pre-conditioned air (PCA) units and ground power units (GPUs) for Gates 8 and 22 at the BUF passenger terminal.
- Chautauqua County Dunkirk Airport, Chautauqua County – $0.5 million toward the replacement of two existing bi-fold hangar doors with new electric bi-fold doors.
- Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport, Chautauqua County – $1.1 million toward the improvement of existing commercial space within the airport terminal building, replacement of a rapid heating system in an existing hangar, and the replacement of an existing security camera system in and around the terminal.
- Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara County – $1.3 million toward the procurement of 10 pieces of equipment to enhance the safety and efficiency of snow removal operations and wildlife management.
- LeRoy Airport, Genesee County – $0.8 million toward the rehabilitation of existing asphalt taxiways, taxi lanes, aprons, and the vehicle parking area, as well as fuel farm rehabilitation including replacing pumps, hoses, and nozzles.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that 36 public-use airports across New York State will receive approximately $49 million for strategic infrastructure enhancements that will enhance safety, facilitate innovation, leverage existing resources, advance business development, and promote sustainability and resiliency.
“A strong investment in our airports is a meaningful investment in our communities and the future of the Empire State,” Governor Hochul said. “Airports are gateways to communities large and small across New York State and these grants will serve as a launchpad to springboard many of these facilities into the 21st century and beyond.”
Administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, projects funded through the Aviation Capital Grant Program include the construction and rehabilitation of new and existing hangars, electrification and carbon reduction programs, new and upgraded snow removal equipment, and updated security systems. These investments will serve to make the surrounding communities more economically competitive with neighboring states.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “Governor Hochul has once again shown that she understands that critical investments in transportation will cement New York’s place as a leader in global commerce and tourism. These targeted investments will support projects that will have a positive, long-lasting impact on the local communities while improving the resiliency of our transportation infrastructure.”
State Senator Tim Kennedy said, “This funding builds upon the nearly $1 billion nationwide investment made by our federal partners in government earlier this year, and will not only improve existing airport infrastructure, but the overall experience and accessibility of passengers who often utilize these hubs across New York. Through targeted investments like these, we’re actively helping to meet the increased demand for air travel, creating opportunities within our workforce, and boosting our local economies.”
Assemblymember William Magnarelli said, “Modernizing our local airports allows economic development and attracts tourists and businesses to our cities. All the people of New York will benefit from the increased security measures, renovated areas and new programs funded by the Governor’s investment in our airports.”