Tuesday, January 2, 2018




Stewart Commission chairman enthused with governor’s proposed airport improvement funding

STEWART AIRPORT – Governor Cuomo’s proposal to spend $27 million to build a permanent federal inspection station for international arrivals has the support of Stewart Airport Commission Chairman Louis Heimbach.

He has been lobbying for the funding so that an addition can be built on the passenger terminal sooner rather than later.

“Every indication is that we are going to have the appropriation to build the federal inspection station,” Heimbach said. “We always hoped it would be done in 2018, but this makes it more of a certainty.”

The governor’s plan would have project design complete by the third quarter of 2018 with construction completed by the first quarter of 2021. The facility would be an addition to the current passenger terminal.

Cuomo also wants to rename the airport New York International at Stewart Field in an effort to capture the New York metropolitan market. Heimbach said the Stewart Airport Commission months ago adopted a resolution supporting a name change as long as the name “Stewart” remained part of it. The Stewart family donated the land that would become the airport in the 1930s.

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