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Gov. Cuomo Announces $22M For Albany Airport's Renovation

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $22 million to Albany International Airport as part of a $42 million project to modernize the facility. The redesign calls for a new parking garage to expand capacity by 20 percent and a terminal renovation. 

Albany’s terminal was built in 1962 and renovated in 1998. The Democrat’s office says the grant funding is part of the $200 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition.

Governor Cuomo on Tuesday also announced a $50 million project to construct a new highway connector between the airport and the Adirondack Northway in the Town of Colonie. It’s meant to ease traffic congestion and provide a more direct route to the airport. The connector project is funded by Governor Cuomo's $100 billion Infrastructure Renewal Plan. 

"Albany International Airport is a gateway to the Capital Region, and this modernization project will help maximize economic development and tourism opportunities for generations to come," Governor Cuomo said in Tuesday’s press release. "Airports are the front doors to our communities, and these investments in the future of upstate airports are providing new jobs and helping attract new residents, businesses and visitors in every region of the state."

Cuomo’s office says 1.4 million people a year board planes at Albany International.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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