It looks like two dozen New York State small and regional public-use airports will soon be getting a big financial boost.  These airports are the very first thing that many people, including business executives, see when they visit a small, rural Upstate community.  These funds will go a long way to enhance these "gateways" for coming years.  We are pleased to see that the Oneonta airport is among the financial recipients.

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the award of $20.7 million for strategic infrastructure enhancements at 24 public-use airports across New York. This State funding will enhance safety, facilitate innovation, leverage existing resources, advance business development, and promote sustainability and resilience at these facilities.

"Local and regional airports are the gateway to communities across New York State, attracting tourists and business from around the world," Governor Hochul said. "These investments will continue to transform New York's airports into world-class facilities that will further boost economic development and growth."

Administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, projects funded through the Aviation Capital Investment Program include the construction of new security and access control improvements, deployment of new automated weather monitoring systems, and the construction and rehabilitation of new and existing hangars and aircraft refueling facilities. These investments will serve to make the surrounding communities more economically competitive with neighboring states.

"New York continues to make targeted investments in all transportation infrastructure that will enhance safety; strengthen communities; and create and sustain new and existing, well-paying jobs," New York State Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said. "These aviation grants specifically support projects that will serve to make our local communities more economically competitive - regionally and globally."

Among the airports receiving  these much needed funds is the Albert S. Nader Regional Airport in Oneonta, N.Y., which will receive a $900,000 award.

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