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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie…County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced today a grant award of $750,000 to Dutchess County for security improvements to the Dutchess County Airport.
This award, resulting from a competitive process, was made by the New York State Department of Transportation as part of its 2005 Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “Once again our pursuit of funding to make needed improvements to the Dutchess County Airport has paid dividends for county taxpayers. The improvements we plan to make at the airport will enhance our ability to control access to the field, the equipment associated with its operation, and the aircraft stored at the airport.”
The security improvements include new cameras, recording equipment, gates, gate operators, fencing, new card readers, card and photo identification equipment and hardware to add/delete/monitor access authorization. This grant provides 100% funding for the security improvements.
This award comes on the heels of a $741,000 grant Steinhaus announced in May 2006 from the Federal Aviation Administration to replace all taxiway lighting with high efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures and the necessary infrastructure improvements. This project has passed final inspection and has been completed.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “The Dutchess County Airport plays a vital role in our local economy both as an economic generator and by providing a needed service for local businesses. Securing funding which pays the cost for these vital components of airport operations removes the burden from local County property taxpayers while continuing to provide them the benefits.”
A resolution to accept the grant has been forwarded by County Executive Steinhaus to the County Legislature for the January 22, 2007 meeting.