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Greater Binghamton Airport getting $4M for runway improvements

TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — The Greater Binghamton Airport is getting a big funding boost from the federal government for renovations.

Multiple lawmakers, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, as well as Congressman Anthony Brindisi, announced Tuesday the Greater Binghamton Airport will receive $3.1 million in funding from the United States Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

Airport officials say the number in the end will actually be more than $4.3 million in funding, and that’s not including another $500,000 coming from smaller local and state programs.

Officials say the money will go toward reconstructing the airport’s runway, runway lights and airfield guidance signs.

“This $3.1 million is a win for NY-22’s air travel infrastructure and economy,” Congressman Brindisi said in a news release. “Greater Binghamton Airport will be receiving much needed resources to fix up their runways and invest in other critical upgrades. This federal support helps grow our economy and make air travel safer. I will continue to fight to improve our infrastructure.”

The Airport Improvement Program gives grants to the planning and development of public-use airports.

The deputy commissioner of aviation for the county said he hopes this project is just one of many to come for the airport.

“To be honest with you that’s what we keep striving for,” Mark Heefner said Tuesday. “We really want to keep pushing this airport forward with our buildings, with our terminal, with our air service, and we’re always pushing, we’re always fighting for more.”

David Hermanovitch

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