TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced a $1 million grant for the Greater Binghamton Airport Thursday afternoon.
The funding will be used to expand air service to other regional transportation hubs, Senator Schumer said. He also said it will support the region's "continued economic growth" and open the area to other opportunities.
Tenney noted that the funding will be used to support a new air service to Washington, D.C. It will also be used to fund associated marketing for the service.
The funding comes from the Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program.
Senator Schumer said the following in a news release:
Binghamton Airport’s expansion means continued success for the community and the entire Broome County region. Transportation connections to the wider world are essential for community development and economic opportunity, and I have long been a champion of bringing those connections to Binghamton Airport. The funding announced today means opportunities for more jobs, more growth, and more investment in the future. I will always work with the community to fight for the Southern Tier’s economic take off.”
Representative Tenney said the following in a news release:
"I was honored to support this funding request earlier in the year and am grateful to announce it has now been approved. This grant will help the Binghamton Airport provide new flights for the community, which will fuel our economy and boost tourism across the Southern Tier. I look forward to working with the Greater Binghamton Airport, Broome County, and others in our region to build on this momentum and continue expanding opportunity here at home."
Senator Schumer and Representative Tenney made the announcements in separate news releases. Both Schumer and Tenney asked U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for approval of the grant.