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The Times
  • $5.5M in federal funds for Griffiss announced

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  • Griffiss International Airport will be getting $5.5 million in federal grants for runway and hangar improvements.
    The funds were announced Thursday by the office of U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld.
    The discretionary grant came through the Airport Improvement Program of the Federal Aviation Administration.
    Hanna, a pilot and member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the funding will make necessary upgrades at Griffiss to maintain safety and efficiency.
    “I am pleased that Griffiss International Airport received this much-needed grant assistance to help improve airfield operations through rehabilitating its taxiway and two hangars,” Hanna said in a statement. “Aviation plays an important role in the Mohawk Valley’s economy and at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.”
    Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said the money will be used to continue the development of the former Air Force base.
    “The efforts to rehabilitate the taxiway and two additional hangers is a key component of our long term economic development plan,” Picente said.
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