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MASSENA - The United States Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will award grants to two airports in New York’s 21st District. The DOT will award the town of Massena $4,173,110 to purchase fencing and safety equipment, rehabilitate the runway 9-27 and 5-23 and improve the runway safety area at the Massena International Airport.

Additionally, the DOT will grant the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority $3,103,654 for upgrades to the Ogdensburg International Airport. These funds will also be used for runway rehabilitation project on runway 9-27.

The Malone-Dufort Airport will also receive $508,520 for runway upgrades to runway 14-32.

The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

Rep. William Owens, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Massena Town Supervisor Joseph Gray applauded the news.

“These grants are good news for St. Lawrence County,” Mr. Owens said. “In the long term, upgraded facilities and infrastructure improvements will help connect area travelers to larger airports and help grow the region’s economy by making doing business in the North Country easier.”

“This massive federal investment will be a major boost for safety and quality of infrastructure at the Massena, Malone, Ogdensburg and Watertown airports,” Mr. Schumer said. “I am pleased that the FAA has made this important investment for runway upgrades and safety equipment at these north country airports.”

“This is an important investment for these north country airports,” Ms. Gillibrand said. “Improving these airports’ infrastructure can help provide better, safer service for travelers and businesses, keep more flights on time, and help strengthen the north country’s economy.”

“I’d like to express appreciation on behalf of the town of Massena, its residents and town council. Our airport keeps us connected to the outside world and the improvements funded by this grant will ensure its viability for many years into the future. This funding is a great assistance and provides some relief for local taxpayers,” Mr. Gray said.

Tuesday’s announcements come days after the DOT announced two other airports in the region will receive similar grants. On Friday, the DOT announced the Watertown International Airport will receive $1,806,862.00, and the Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $2,565,000.00.

The DOT is expected to release more information on all four projects in the next week.

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