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Acting manager asks county to keep funding for Adirondack Airport

The Adirondack Regional Airport in Harrietstown.

The Adirondack Regional Airport in Harrietstown.

— The acting manager at the Adirondack Regional Airport was present during the Essex County Ways and Means Committee meeting Sept. 26 to speak with the board about the airport and the need to keep the $8,000 in funding they provide in place.

“Your funding to the airport is greatly appreciated,” Corey Hurwitch, acting manager at the Harrietstown airport, said. “Studies show that the airport has a $7.9 million impact on the region.”

Hurwitch said the partnership between the airport and Cape Air continued to be fruitful, as the company has seen increases in the amount of passengers that use the service each year.

“Year by year they have had increases in their passenger loads and the commercial airline business is doing great here,” Hurwitch said. “Cape Air is reliable and we are looking forward to the continuation of the reliable service from our partnership with them.”

The recent contract with Cape Air started in 2010 and is slated to run for four years.

Hurwitch said that most of the pilots and crews that come into the airport will stay in hotels and dine in restaurants on the Essex County side of the border.

“They are constantly going in and out well into the fall season,” Hurwitch said. “We have, time after time, heard the pilots and crew talk about how they not only want to come back to the area but also want to bring their families. The area pretty much sells itself.”

Hurwitch also said the airport was recently a hub of activity during the fallout from Tropical Storm Irene.

“We hosted military vehicles, National Grid helicopters, New York State Police and the governor, who flew in there a couple of times,” Hurwitch said. “We are big enough to be a base during emergency situations, and we have a runway that you can land a C-130 on (about the size of a Boeing 737) if needed in an emergency.”

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