Maloney Announces Over $14 Million Federal Investment to Complete New Runway Project at Orange County Airport
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced a federal investment of $14,520,795 to construct a new runway and navigational aids at the Orange County Airport. This is the third and final phase of investment in the runway’s construction, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.
“The Orange County Airport is an economic driver and this investment ensures pilots can land safely using upgraded technology and brand-new runways, while creating good, local jobs,” said Rep. Maloney. “It’s been great to help this project take shape from the design phase right on through to this last round of construction.”
“This grant will vastly enhance the infrastructure at Orange County Airport and will provide pilots and aircraft a state-of-the-art, FAA-approved, safe runway environment,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “The grants being awarded to Orange County Airport confirms the County’s priority of maintaining a highly functional airport with safety as a top priority.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grant for Orange County Airport will be used for the final phase of construction of Runway 3/21’s taxiway A and provide funds for new navigational aids (NAVAIDS) to help incoming aircraft get safely to the runway. In 2013, Rep. Maloney helped to secure funding for the design phase of this project, and announced a $2.9 million investment for the first phase of construction in 2014. Then, in 2015, Maloney announced an additional investment of over $5 million for environmental mitigation for the construction of the new runway. Last year, Maloney announced a second round investment of $6.8 million to create a runway safety zone and to relocate the runway away from the Wallkill River in order to protect it from flooding and major storms. The FAA Airport Improvement program is funded by aviation fees, including aviation fuel tax and passenger ticket fees.
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.