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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces $1.2 Million in Funding for the Rochester Airport

August 30, 2017
Press Release
The airport sustains more than 10,000 jobs adding more than $800 million to the local economy

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport improvements. The funding will be used to rehabilitate an apron, enhance security, improve the drainage of storm water runoff, and install apron flood lighting and fencing. The Rochester airport sustains more than 10,000 jobs generating $295 million in income, adding more than $800 million to the local economy annually.

“The Rochester airport supports more than 10,000 jobs and adds more than $800 million to our local economy. It is vital that it remains a safe and reliable hub for the businesses and travelers that rely on it every day. I’m proud to announce this major award to fund airport improvements that will help get goods and people where they need to go safely and efficiently,” said Slaughter.

Slaughter opposes President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which would slash funding for the Department of Transportation by $2 billion. She continues to support investments in infrastructure that would help our region take advantage of Rochester’s economic resurgence at a time when AIM Photonics and the REMADE Institute ramp up and scientists, engineers, managers and government offices increase demands on the airport even further.

Soon after arriving in Congress, Slaughter succeeded in getting the Rochester Airport added to the Federal Aviation Administration's priority airport list, which secured bonds for the airport from all major airline carriers.

Slaughter has continued to support investments in transportation infrastructure and passenger safety, including pushing to reform the airline industry standards following the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Western New York in February of 2009. In 2015 Slaughter stood with the Flight 3407 families in Washington, DC in a show of united opposition to efforts that roll back these flight safety improvements.