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Airport receives $1.1 million for improvements

PLATTSBURGH Plattsburgh International Airport is one of five airports in the state to receive its share of more than $2 million in state funding.

The airport will receive $1,121,000 to purchase a urea and sand spreader, and to install a deicing pad with tanks and security fencing repairs.

The aviation funding, made available through the 2005 Transportation Bond Act, is utilized for three programmatic purposes: general aviation security, business airport development and airport improvement and revitalization programs.

In addition to the Plattsburgh airport, Adirondack Regional Airport, Harrietstown, will receive $700,000 for improvements to its hangar and terminal and Argyle Airport in Washington County will receive $55,000 for security fencing. Schroon Lake Airport in Essex County and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Warren County will also receive $36,000 and $540,000, respectively, for hangar projects at their facilities.

The announcement comes on the heels of the first installment of $15 million in funding secured for the Plattsburgh International Airport earlier this month through the Federal Aviation Administration under the special Military Airports Program. The first installment of $937,175 will be utilized to acquire a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle. The goal is to increase the airport's readiness to host large aircraft of all kinds in the future, including 747s.

The new vehicle will supplement the three firefighting vehicles currently stationed at the airport.

"This is evidence of the continued commitment by the FAA and our elected officials toward the quality development effort at Plattsburgh International Airport," Clinton County Administrator Michael E. Zurlo stated in a recent press release.

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