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August 29, 2013

Malone Airport gets federal funds

MALONE — Malone-Dufort Airport is getting half a million dollars for runway upgrades.

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand jointly announced Wednesday that $508,520 in federal funding is being awarded to the airport to rehabilitate runway 14-32.

Also allocated for runway improvements is $3,103,654 for Ogdensburg International Airport and $1,956,862 for Watertown International Airport.

And Massena International-Richards Field Airport will get $4,143,110 to acquire safety equipment.

The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

“This massive federal investment will be a major boost for safety and quality of infrastructure at the Massena, Malone, Ogdensburg and Watertown airports,” Schumer said in a statement.

“I am pleased that the FAA has made this important investment for runway upgrades and safety equipment at these North Country airports.”

Gillibrand said the infrastructure improvements will “help provide better, safer service for travelers and businesses, keep more flights on time and help strengthen the North Country’s economy.”

Last Friday, word reached local officials that Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $2,565,000 under the federal Military Airport Program for upgrades to its water and wastewater systems.

The Department of Transportation set aside $1.8 million for taxiway rehabilitation at Watertown International Airport.

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