Congressman Sean Maloney

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Maloney and Diana Announce Investment in Orange County Airport

Sep 20, 2013
Press Release

MONTGOMERY, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana announced today a $2.9 million FAA investment at Orange County Airport. The funds will be used to initiate the design phase for construction of a new runway at the general aviation airport. This grant will allow Orange County to create a runway safety zone and relocate the runway away from the Wallkill River in order to protect this regional resource from floods and major storms.

“This investment will create jobs, boost the local economy and shore up one of the busiest non-commercial airports in the state, while protecting the safety of our neighbors, businesses and visitors,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I’m proud of our joint efforts with the County and I’m committed to continuing our work together to mitigate the effects of flooding from the Wallkill and strategically invest in the Hudson Valley’s infrastructure needs.”

“This funding from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program marks a significant milestone in the runway realignment project at Orange County Airport,” said Orange County Executive Diana. “We greatly appreciate the support from Congressman Maloney, our U.S. Senators, and state partners who recognize the importance of the airport to the local community and economy and are working with us to enhance its safety and usability.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grant for Orange County Airport will be used to design a new runway complete with the appropriate signage, lighting and drainage and create a standard runway safety area. The total cost of the design phase is $3.2 million, of which 90% is funded by the federal government, 5% by NYS, and 5% by Orange County.

The FAA Airport Improvement program is funded by aviation fees, including aviation fuel tax and passenger ticket fees.

“We’re excited to be moving the runway realignment project forward,” said Orange County Airport Manager Grant Sussey. “This is great news for the airport and the travelers who utilize it. By creating the safety zone and moving the runway away from the river, we’ll be increasing safety and access to the Hudson Valley while decreasing runway closures due to flooding and aging infrastructure.”

There are currently 150 aircraft based at Orange County Airport, as well as three aircraft maintenance service businesses, a flight school, and restaurant. The airport is located at 500 Dunn Road in Montgomery.