Long Island airports receive state funding

Long Island airports receive state funding
Planes using runways that have been renovated or in the process of being repair.
A couple of planes line up for take-off at JFK.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $20.5 million in funding for 29 airport projects under the Aviation Capital Grant Program. This state-funded program supports strategic investments at public-use airports across New York to ensure safety, modernize aviation-related facilities, leverage private investment, and sustain and create well-paying aeronautical-related jobs.

“New York’s airports are the front door to the Empire State, and in order to build on our efforts to attract new businesses and visitors, we will invest in these regional gateways to provide the best and safest travel opportunities for everyone,” Cuomo said. “Modernizing our airports and transforming them into state-of-the-art transit hubs will keep New York competitive in today’s global economy, while providing an improved, more efficient means of travel for residents and visitors for decades to come.”

In March 2017, Cuomo announced the availability of funding, which was included in the $21.1-billion five-year State Transportation Plan. Projects funded under this initiative include security checkpoint enhancements; acquisition of ground service and maintenance equipment; terminal modernization and expansion; and construction of airplane hangar facilities.

Long Island is to receive $2 million broken down as the following:

$995,000 to Francis S. Gabreski Airport for New Air Traffic Control Tower; $960,000 to Long Island MacArthur Airport to Purchase 800 KW Diesel-Power Generator; $54,722 to Brookhaven-Calabro Airport to Purchase a Crack-Sealing Machine.

The funding follows previous announcements for major development money for the aviation necklace of LaGuardia, Newark and JFK International airports.

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