The Democrat representing New York's 23rd Congressional District announced Monday that he's secured a significant chunk of change for a project aimed at enhancing security measures at the Plattsburgh International Airport.
Congressman Bill Owens says a grant totaling $583,000 was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration.
Owens is defending his House seat this November against either Watertown businessman Matt Doheny or Saranac Lake accountant Doug Hoffman -- or both.
Here's more from Owens communications office:
“These enhancements are part of a continued effort to enhance the facilities at Plattsburgh International Airport, which makes the area more attractive and marketable to outside companies,” Owens said. “As we work together to bring more job creators to Clinton County, I am optimistic that we are on the path to economic recovery.”
The grant will allow Clinton County to construct and install security fencing around the facility, fulfilling safety requirements. Plattsburgh International Airport is a primary non-hub airport owned by Clinton County and located at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The facility offers service to Boston, Myrtle Beach and Orlando among other destinations. Passenger service at the airport began in 2007.
“These security enhancements are sorely needed right now, and this grant will help us tremendously,” said Thomas D. Long, Airport Manager. “We thank the Congressman for the hard work he does for us at Plattsburgh International Airport.”