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Maloney Announces First Phase of Federal Investment to Clear Orange County Airport of Dangerous Obstructions

Aug 31, 2016
Press Release
Investment Will Fund Study Into Possible Safety Concerns

Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced a federal investment of $65,160 to the Orange County Airport to ensure the facility complies with new FAA safety standardization efforts. This is the first of four investments, which will culminate with removal of possible obstructions to safe operation such as trees and nearby structures, and also ensure the lighting and paint comply with FAA regulations.

“Securing federal investments to develop safe and sustainable infrastructure not only grows our economy, but is also an important first step in ensuring our airport exceeds critical safety regulations,” said Rep. Maloney. “Working with our local, state, and federal officials we can ensure this airport continues to safely serve thousands of Hudson Valley aviators and nearby residents.”  

“This grant will greatly enhance Orange County Airport’s effort to maintain a safe air traffic environment that is free of obstructions. By removing these obstacles in the vicinity of the airport, we can ensure a safe facility for all piloted aircraft,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “I appreciate Congressman Maloney’s assistance in obtaining these important funds.”

The initial investment will fund a study to assess possible physical obstructions to safe air travel in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The following three phases include planning and the eventual removal of possible obstructions. The majority of potential concerns around the airport are tall trees, which obstruct visibility and limit available airspace. The project will also include streamlining lighting systems and even the color of paint on nearby structures to improve safety and visibility.

Since taking office, Representative Maloney has made infrastructure development and safety a top priority and has secured nearly $17 million for the Orange County Airport alone. Most recently, Maloney announced an investment of over $6.8 million to build a new runway, create a runway safety zone, and relocate the runway away from the Wallkill River. In May, Rep. Maloney introduced the bipartisan Air Traffic Controller Act to close dangerous gaps in the employment of air traffic controllers. The bill passed the House of Representatives in July. 

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.