State announces $250 million for new upstate airports

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced $250 million is available to transform and modernize airports in Upstate New York.

This includes $230 million through a new Upstate airport economic development and revitalization competition for projects that promote and accelerate improvements at upstate commercial passenger service airports. Another $20 million will be allocated through the governor’s aviation capital grant program.

The new initiative will be administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and is open to upstate commercial passenger service airports and airports providing specialized service for commercial aircraft/corporate jets. Applicants may apply for funding a single project or a program of projects that will help meet the demands of the 21st century.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to the planning, design and construction of:

  • Improved security screening.
  • Terminal expansion or rehabilitation.
  • Stateofthe art boarding concourse and concession areas.
  • Opportunities to move passengers more safely and efficiently with improved distancing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New innovations in contactless technology and an increased focus on cleanliness and disinfection.

Candidate projects will be evaluated on their ability to meet eligibility criteria and will be ranked in a rigorous scoring process. Funding applications are due by Sept. 15, 2021.

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