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Legislators Updated on Airport Expansion Project

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Airport Director Mike Hall provided the Legislature an update report on the complex and fast-paced $24.7 million dollar Airport expansion project.  Bids were opened August 3rd for the first phase of the project, the Main Terminal (cost estimated at $5 million) with a proposal due to the FAA as of tomorrow, to be considered for Airport Improvement Funding for the current federal fiscal year.  Phase 2, focused on geothermal energy conversion plus the airport concourse (cost estimated at $4 million) will go out to bid in early fall.  Phase 3, focused on solar energy improvements and the new federal customs facility ($8 million cost) will be bid early in 2019. 

Director Hall and Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability Katie Borgella told Legislators that active ongoing discussions are in process with officials from NYSERDA, NYSEG, and the New York State Department of Public Service regarding support for the energy conversion of the Airport from natural gas to ground source heat pump, promoting this as a time-limited opportunity to significantly address energy issues right in the area of the current natural gas moratorium.  Hall noted that the conversion would enable powering of a terminal that will be one-third larger for $50,000 less, creating a model project that would also provide the moratorium area significant gas relief.

County Administrator Jason Molino commended Hall and Borgella for the strong relationships they have achieved at the State level and in maintaining ongoing communication regarding this important project.