Application process opens for $20 million airport modernization program

Application process opens for $20 million airport modernization program

The State of New York is making $20 million available for airport modernization and safety enhancement projects, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The Airport Capital Grant Program is funded solely through the state and is part of the state’s larger, $275 billion infrastructure program.

“There is no second chance to make a first impression, and airports often serve as the gateway welcoming visitors to communities across New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Investing in the modernization of our airports sends a strong message across the world that the Empire State is a premier destination for travelers and a great place to do business.”

The funding is in addition to the $200 million Cuomo made available through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition. In 2016, Greater Rochester International Airport received $40 million through the competition for its major overhaul, which was completed in 2019.

“For decades our upstate infrastructure and communities were left to decay. Under Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, New York is re-establishing upstate as a gateway to global commerce and tourism. These grants will allow communities across our state to further enhance their economic competitiveness,” said state Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez.

The Aviation Capital Grant Program is open to public-use airports listed in the 2018 State Airport System Plan. Eligible project activities include safety projects, preservation projects, new construction and other projects that will enhance business development and economic competitiveness, officials said.

The state DOT will accept applications for funding through May 4.

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