U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer joined other local officials from Tompkins County on Friday at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to call for $10 million in federal funding for the $24.7 million renovation that will allow the airport to receive international flights.
Schumer, D-N,Y., was joined by a number of Tompkins legislators, and representatives from local business and Cornell University.
“This airport has undergone a great transition; it’s beautiful. We want to keep it growing and keep it expanding. The airport launched a $25 million multiphase project … and it’s working,” Schumer said. “105,000 passengers are served every year. The increased patronage of the airport keeps showing why we need to improve it.”
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Ithaca on Friday to announce he would push for $10 million in federal funding for the expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. (Photo: Thomas Giery Pudney/Staff photo)
The project, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2019, will need to secure funding if it is to stay on that tight schedule.
“Phase two has to get off the ground; that’s where the federal government comes in,” Schumer continued. “Here I am today at the airport in the heart of Tompkins County, saying I’m going to put my muscle behind getting this funding. I am going to everything I can to make this happen.”
The senator said the benefits to tourism and education make the project a wise investment for the federal government.