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November 30, 2012

County to pursue F-35 jets for Plattsburgh Airport

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City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak supported the idea then, and he still does.

“As I was five months ago, I am fully supportive of having the F-35s at Plattsburgh International Airport,” he said.

“With the potential for 300 to 400 jobs, this could lead to further development not only at the airport but for the community at large. I am glad the legislature is taking steps toward this.”

North Country Congressman Bill Owens was not available Thursday, but his spokesman said Owens spoke to the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard earlier this year about the possibility of Plattsburgh hosting the aircraft.

“They had a good discussion in which the congressman noted Plattsburgh’s past experience as a military community and the infrastructure already in place at the former facility as reasons why Plattsburgh deserves consideration,” spokesman Jon Boughtin, said.

“Congressman Owens believes this issue deserves fuller study and consideration, but looks forward to continuing this dialogue with local leaders and military officials in New York and Vermont.”

Owens (D-Plattsburgh) served in the Air Force at PAFB in the 1970s before embarking on a career as a lawyer in Plattsburgh. He was elected to congress in 2009 and serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

“If the opportunity presents itself, Congressman Owens will do what he can to bring this capability to Plattsburgh,” Boughtin said.

Email Joe LoTemplio: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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