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Future of airport discussed in Harrietstown

'Taxpayers can't afford this anymore'

Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch addressing those at the March 21 Harrietstown meeting.

Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch addressing those at the March 21 Harrietstown meeting. Photo by Alan Belford.

“We need the airport to attract out-of-region students,” said Dr. John Mills, president of Paul Smith’s College.

Larry Johnson, a faculty member at the Trudeau Institute said, “The Trudeau Institute places great value on the Adirondack Regional Airport,” both to attract and retain employees.

Of all the considered solutions, forming a regional airport authority may be the most likely course of action.

“For the ownership and operations, the airport authority is the best solution,” said Hurwitch.

To this end, Bray outlined several strategic initiatives that included getting more regionwide financial support for the airport, expanding marketing, developing relationships and partnerships with local organizations and economic development organizations such as ORDA, and the formation of a regional airport working group.

“They’re going to be reaching out to you in the next 30 days,” Bray said, talking to representatives of surrounding communities and municipalities.

“We are hoping to have all the partners together in the next 30 days and start to form a solution,” added Miller.

“From the comments tonight, I feel optimistic that we can move in a positive direction,” concluded Hurwitch said.

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