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Griffiss, other Upstate airports awarded federal funding for projects

By Eric Reinhardt (


Griffiss International Airport in Rome is among the upstate New York airports awarded federal funding for projects, the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) said. (Photo credit:

Griffiss International Airport in Rome, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, and Watertown International Airport are among the upstate New York airport awarded federal funding for various projects.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $21 million to upstate airports, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) announced Friday.  

The facilities will use the funding for airport safety and quality improvement projects and will “serve as a lifeline to local airports struggling to stay afloat after more than year of record-low travel rates,” the lawmakers contended.

A portion of the funding to each airport and county comes from FAA COVID grants through the American Rescue Plan, which “Schumer had a direct hand in securing,” his office said. In total, Schumer has now helped secure more than $624 million for upstate New York airports in the past year.

A breakdown of the airports located in the CNYBJ coverage area and their funding amounts and projects from Schumer’s office are seen below.




Syracuse Hancock International


Conduct or update miscellaneous study

Syracuse Hancock International


Improve/modify/rehabilitate terminal building

Syracuse Hancock International


Rehabilitate taxiway, rehabilitate taxiway lighting

Watertown International


Install runway vertical/visual guidance system

Watertown International


Reconstruct apron

Griffiss International


Construct taxiway, extend taxiway, install taxiway lighting

Massena International Richards Field


Construct/rehabilitate/modify/expand sand and chemical-storage building

Ogdensburg International


Acquire aircraft rescue & firefighting safety equipment

Ogdensburg International


Improve airport drainage

Elmira/Corning Regional


Conduct or update miscellaneous study

Elmira/Corning Regional


Improve/modify/rehabilitate terminal building

Elmira/Corning Regional


Reconstruct apron

Elmira/Corning Regional


Improve/modify/rehabilitate ARFF building

Ithaca Tompkins International


Rehabilitate taxiway (Taxiway A), Rehabilitate taxiway [Taxiway F], remove taxiway, shift, or reconfigure existing taxiway [Taxiway D], shift or reconfigure existing taxiway [Taxiway E]

Ithaca Tompkins International


Construct aircraft rescue & firefighting building, Construct/rehabilitate/modify/expand snow removal equipment building

Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field


Install miscellaneous NAVAIDS, reconstruct or replace airport

Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link Field


Construct/extend/improve safety area – 16/34

Corning-Painted Post


Rehabilitate runway – 13/31



Obstructions marking/lighting/removal – 03/21

Lt Warren Eaton


Reconstruct airfield guidance signs, rehabilitate taxiway, rehabilitate taxiway lighting




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