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Federal funds coming to Elmira-Corning Airport for much needed work

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Federal funds are making a landing at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.

According to officials, over $1.5 million has been earmarked to reconstruct a taxiway at the airport, with another $866,000 being used to improve and rehab the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting building there.

The funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) with monies being used to revitalize runways and enhance airfield safety.

“This federal investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which I championed in the Senate, will help the Southern Tier and Central New York’s airports reach new heights,” said Senator Charles Schumer. “Transportation connections to the wider world are essential for community development and economic opportunity, and I have long been a champion of bringing those connections to Syracuse, Binghamton, Elmira, and beyond. The funding announced today means opportunities for more jobs, more growth, and more investment in the future. I will always work with the community to fight for the Southern Tier and Central New York’s economic take-off.”

It’s an important step, officials say, to unlocking the Southern Tier’s economic development potential.

“Central New York and Southern Tier airports serve millions of travelers each year,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “They need to be safe, modern, and efficient in order to facilitate tourism and spur local economic growth, and that requires continued upgrades. That’s why I fought to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which is providing billions in funds for projects like these. It’s time to rebuild our state’s crumbling infrastructure and this is a critical step in the right direction. I’m proud to be delivering these funds and I’ll keep fighting for resources to revitalize our airports, roads, and bridges.”