Williamson-Sodus Airport to receive substantial state monies
The Williamson-Sodus Airport will receive $1,068,400 in funding from a state pot of $20.5 million earmarked for 29 airport projects under the Aviation Capital Grant Program. This state-funded program supports strategic investments at public-use airports across New York to ensure safety, modernize aviation-related facilities, leverage private investment, and sustain and create well-paying aeronautical-related jobs.
In March 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the availability of funding, which was included in the $21.1 billion five-year State Transportation Plan. Projects funded under this initiative include security checkpoint enhancements; acquisition of ground service and maintenance equipment; terminal modernization and expansion; and construction of airplane hangar facilities.
The Williamson-Sodus Airport will use the money to Construct 18 Unit T-Hangar.
Locally, $1,485,000 went to the Canandaigua Airport to Construct a General Aviation Terminal Building.
The Finger Lakes Regional received $662,474 to Construct New Jet-A Fuel Farm.
“New York’s airports are the front door to the Empire State, and in order to build on our efforts to attract new businesses and visitors, we will invest in these regional gateways to provide the best and safest travel opportunities for everyone,” Governor Cuomo said. “Modernizing our airports and transforming them into state-of-the-art transit hubs will keep New York competitive in today’s global economy, while providing an improved, more efficient means of travel for residents and visitors for decades to come.”
Williamson Flying Club President Steve Murray said, “The Williamson-Sodus Airport is excited to learn that we have been selected to receive funding to build green and sustainable aircraft hangars. These hangars are required to meet the growing demand for aircraft based at our airport. The airport generates over $2.6 million in local economic activity, and we are committed to supporting our local businesses and community in Wayne and surrounding counties. We appreciate the help provided by our representatives in securing this grant with special thanks to Senator Pam Helming, Assemblyman Bob Oaks and Sodus Town Supervisor Steve Leroy.”