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August 24, 2013

Plattsburgh Airport wins big grant

WASHINGTON — Federal dollars for the improvement of Plattsburgh International Airport continue to flow, as the county has been awarded another $2.5 million.

The money is from the federal Military Airport Program, which the airport has been involved in since before it opened in 2007. It will be used to improve the airport’s water and wastewater systems.

“We started this project last year, and this is the final piece of funding for that project,” Clinton County Legislature Chairman Jimmy Langley (R-Area 7, Peru) said Friday.

“We’ve been successful out there, and they like to fund projects that are successful, and we are glad to receive this assistance.”

‘GREAT INVESTMENT’

The county has received about $50 million from the Military Airport Program over the years for the development and improvement of the airport on the flight line of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

“It’s been a great investment because the airport, as we’ve seen, has generated a significant amount of commerce in our region,” Langley said.

The $2,565,000 for Plattsburgh, and another $1.8 million for taxiway rehabilitation at Watertown International Airport, was funneled through the federal Department of Transportation.

“International airports near the border are key pieces of northern New York’s economy, and I applaud the DOT for recognizing their importance,” Congressman Bill Owens said in a news release.

“These two airports connect our rural communities to larger airline hubs, taking business travelers and tourists to where they need to be. They are also valuable revenue generators as Canadians, seeking cheaper flights and the relative convenience of domestic travel, are increasingly crossing the border to purchase seats on U.S. flights.”

‘INTEGRAL TO GROWTH’

“This latest award reflects the continued confidence of Washington in the future of Plattsburgh International Airport,” North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said in a statement.

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