Maloney Announces Over $6.8 Million Federal Investment for Orange County Airport
Montgomery, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced an FAA investment of $6,866,280.00 for the Orange County Airport. The funds will be used for the second phase of construction for the airport’s new runway and allow Orange County to create a runway safety zone, and relocate the runway away from the Wallkill River in order to protect it from flooding and major storms.
“The Orange County Airport is an economic engine for the county and the entire Hudson Valley community,” said Maloney. “This investment will create jobs and boost one of our region’s essential non-commercial airports while also preserving the health and safety of Orange County communities - working with County Executive Neuhaus we will continue to see construction through until we receive the final installment of this critical investment.”
"We thank Congressman Maloney for his role in helping Orange County obtain funding that will expand and modernize our runway operations at Orange County Airport,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “Orange County Airport provides great opportunities for private and commercial aviation and is an important tool in our economic development toolbox."
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grant for Orange County Airport will be used for the construction and realignment of Runway 3/21 and the associated taxiway, and allow for a standard runway safety area. This is the second phase in the construction project. 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. Last year, Maloney announced an additional investment of over $5 million. The FAA Airport Improvement program is funded by aviation fees, including aviation fuel tax and passenger ticket fees. Maloney had previously secured nearly $11 million for the Orange County Airport, and over $1.5 million for the Dutchess County Airport.
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.