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N.Y. airports can apply for modernization and safety grant money

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in May that $20 million in new state funding is available to support safety improvements, modernize operations and enhance the economic competitiveness of New York airports. The Airport Capital Grant Program provides support for projects statewide that enhance airport safety, modernize operations, and increase general and business-related aviation capacity.

“New York’s airports are the front door to diverse destinations, attractions and culture found across this great state,” Gov. Cuomo said. “By making funding available for New York’s aviation industry, we are supporting the state’s thriving tourism sector, helping businesses expand to boost our regional economies, and ensuring our transit hubs are modernized to provide safe, reliable travel for everyone.”

Previous grant awards have funded new airport hangars, airport terminal building renovations, taxiway resurfacing, security fencing, and fuel farm modernizations that improve security and spill prevention.

The Aviation Capital Grant Program is open to public-use airports listed in the State Airport System Plan. Eligible project activities include safety projects, preservation projects, new construction, and other projects that enhance economic competitiveness.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria including:

  • Economic benefits for surrounding communities and businesses,
  • Adherence to regional economic development plans; and
  • Improved operational efficiency.

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this funding opportunity through Friday, June 29, 2018. Program guidance and applications may be found at: www.dot.ny.gov/aviationgrants.

This funding is in addition to $200 million Gov. Cuomo made available through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition. The competition includes $190 million to support airport projects and $10 million allocated through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grant Program.

In the first round of the Upstate Airport Competition, $40 million was awarded to Elmira Corning Regional Airport and $39.8 million in funding was awarded to the Greater Rochester International Airport. In round two, Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $38 million and Syracuse Hancock International Airport will receive $35.8 million towards their transformation. The bold plans and designs developed by these airports will enhance safety, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact, and create a better passenger experience.