Feds to Fund Buffalo, Niagara Falls Airports

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airports have been awarded a combined $658,966 in federal grants that will help underwrite projects at both facilities.

The funds were secured by Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Among the grants was a $433,870 allocation from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will use to acquire a key parcel and make improvements to Buffalo Niagara International Airport's "Runway 14" landing zone.

The property includes a former gas station, convenience store and car wash on Wehrle Drive.

The NFTA has also been allocated $72,347 for electrical and plumbing upgrades in Buffalo Niagara International Airport's terminal.

In addition, Schumer, Gillibrand and Rep. Kathy Hochul also help secure $142,749 for a new phase of runway safety work at Niagara Falls International Airport. The safety work includes five-year creek mitigation monitoring, which had been required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"These funds will allow both facilities to upgrade needed customer amenities and improve operational safety standards that will benefit our entire region," said Howard Zemsky, NFTA chairman.

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