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Maloney Announces Over $300,000 FAA Investment in Dutchess County Airport

Aug 22, 2016
Press Release
Will Fund Replacement of Safety Buildings

Wappingers Falls, NY — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced that he has secured a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investment of over $300,000 for Dutchess County Airport. This federal investment of $313,200 will be used to replace an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) building and a snow removal building. Both structures protect critical safety equipment from adverse weather conditions, and allow the airport to comply with federal aviation safety requirements.

“Dutchess County Airport infuses nearly $45 million into our local economy every year – creating jobs right here in Dutchess County. Working with local, state, and federal officials, this investment will ensure we upgrade and repair our transportation infrastructure while protecting passengers and critical safety equipment,” said Rep. Maloney.  

“We are grateful to Congressman Maloney for helping us to secure over $300,000 for the design of new Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) and Snow Removal Equipment (SRE) building at the Dutchess County Airport,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.  “The creation of these updated facilities will provide airport personnel with the critical resources they need to do their job more efficiently and effectively, including direct access to water and adequate storage space for equipment. This funding will further enhance our efforts to improve operations at the airport while also providing maximum safety for airport personnel.”

This investment will fund the first of two phases of renovation on each of the two buildings, and will be used primarily for design and planning. ARFF is a special category of firefighting which responds to fire emergencies at airports. The ARFF building houses equipment such as specialty fire engines which respond to aircraft-related emergencies. The snow-removal building houses snow plows and de-icing equipment necessary to make the airport functional during cold winter months. Keeping these vehicles safe from the elements will extend their life, and ensure they’re able to quickly and safely respond to potential emergencies and weather events.

Shortly after taking office in 2013, Rep. Maloney worked to save the Dutchess County Airport from closure as the result of federal sequestration. Rep. Maloney has also secured nearly $2 million for the Airport. In 2014, he worked with local leaders to secure $1 million to rehabilitate runways and install a new airfield lighting system. Last year, he secured over $500,000 to replace an existing airfield electrical vault. 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.