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Greater Binghamton Airport at risk of losing air traffic controller jobs

TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — The Greater Binghamton Airport is at risk of losing half of its air traffic controllers. A report from the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing consolidating and moving the jobs to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

“They’re really good paying jobs and these people put down roots here and they want to stay here,” said Deputy Commissioner of Aviation Mark Heefner.

Heefner says while it won’t affect safety, it would mean losing local jobs to another state. “For us it’s important to make sure that A) the jobs stay in New York and B) we continue to help our airport grow.”

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar wrote a letter to the FAA urging the committee evaporators to keep the jobs here. It says in part “…The notion of the loss of good paying jobs in New York to a neighboring state is unacceptable…this could result in over $1 million being lost in payroll each year for Upstate New York.”

Garnar also noted the consolidation wouldn’t actually end up saving money.

Heefner said no matter what  the airport is still hoping to land more funding.

“We’re constantly putting applications in and requesting funds from both state and federal government,” said Heefner.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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