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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $675,699 in Grants for Three Local Airports

Sep 22, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $675,699 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for three local airports. Akron Airport received $222,402 for runway repairs, Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport received $150,726 for removal of existing on-airport obstructions to a runway, and Le Roy Airport received $302,571 to upgrade its lighting and beacon systems.

“Supporting local governments by maintaining, repairing, and building critical infrastructure is a beneficial use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins.  “Providing these local airports the necessary funding for a variety of improvements will allow for more efficient and safer airport operations. Continued investment in local infrastructure is necessary to ensure that valuable economic assets like local airports can continue to grow and successfully operate.”

Tom Geles, President of the Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, made the following comment about the grant, “The safety project will permit removal of existing on-airport obstructions to the approaches of Runway 8-26 at Buffalo-Lancaster Airport. Removing the obstructions will also enable future implementation of safer instrument approach procedures for all users at the public use airport.” 

“Le Roy Airport is a ‘state-of-the-art’ ‘reliever airport’ for the Greater Rochester International Airport,” said Raymond Detor, Jr., President of Le Roy Aviation Services, Inc. “Le Roy Airport will be accepting a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and New York State Department of Transportation to upgrade taxiway lighting, wind direction indicators, Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPIP), and various other lighting upgrades.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.