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The issue: Funding for general aviation airports in New York

Senate Bill 2000 is presently before the Senate Transportation Committee. This bill would enact the “Airport Improvement and Revitalization Act of 1999,” providing assistance in the form of grants and loans to public-use airports for capital improvements and technical assistance for the revitalization of airports in the state. AOPA strongly supports Senate Bill 2000.

Why it’s important

By creating a state airport improvement and revitalization program and making certain proceeds of the privatization of the Stewart International Airport available, the state can dramatically improve its ability to address the growing needs of its aviation system in terms of airports and safety. The growth and economic benefits of the state’s air transportation system through aviation hinges on the proposed program because it allows for the needed airport improvements and maintenance to be made in accordance with the State Aviation System Plan (SASP).

The issue of state airport funding has become critical. Funding the Airport Improvement and Revitalization Act of 1999 has to be considered a priority because the airport funds associated with the 1993 New York State Aviation Transportation Program have been exhausted. Aircraft owners and operators in New York pay excise and sales taxes on fuel and sales and use taxes on aircraft sales, leases, parts, and labor. Yet none of these monies are funneled back to aviation for maintenance of the state’s airport infrastructure. Lack of airport modernization because of funding shortfalls is a serious threat to air transportation, especially for general aviation airports.

What you should do

Contact the Transportation Committee members and the other legislators listed below by letter, phone, fax, or e-mail and let them know that you support Senate Bill 2000 and the Airport Improvement and Revitalization Act of 1999. If you write, fax, or e-mail your views on this issue, please forward a copy to AOPA State Legislative Affairs, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701; fax: 301/695-2214 .

Who to contact

Senator Caesar Trunzo
Chairman
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 711
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2111
Fax: 518/455-2113
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Seymour Lachman
Ranking Minority Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 302
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2437
Fax: 518/426-6943
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Roy Goodman
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 913
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2211
Fax: 518/455-2960
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Owen Johnson
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 811
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3411
Fax: 518/426-6973
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator John Kuhl, Jr.
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 310
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2091
Fax: 518/426-6976
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Thomas Libous
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 512
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2677
Fax: 518/455-2065
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Patricia McGee
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 814
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3563
Fax: 518/426-6905
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Raymond Meier
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 944
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3334
Fax: 518/426-6921
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Michael Nozzolio
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 902
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2366
Fax: 518/426-6953
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Frank Padavan
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 505
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3381
Fax: 518/455-2008
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Anthony Nanula
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 613
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3371
Fax: 518/426-6969
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 515
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2031
Fax: 518/432-8841
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator John Sampson
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 506
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-2788
Fax: 518/426-6806
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Ada Smith
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 304
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3531
Fax: 518/432-8825
E-mail: [email protected]

Senator Leonard Stavisky
Member
Senate Transportation Committee
New York Senate
Room 711B
LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Tel.: 518/455-3461
Fax: 518/426-3981
E-mail: [email protected]

The Honorable Sheldon Silver
Speaker of the Assembly
New York State Assembly
Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Tel.: 518/455-3791
Fax: 518/455-5459
E-mail: [email protected]

The Honorable Ronald B. Stafford
New York Senate
124 State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Tel.: 518/455-2811
Fax: 518/455-2900

The Honorable Joseph L. Bruno
New York Senate
124 State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Tel.: 518/455-3191
Fax: 518/455-2448
E-mail: [email protected]

April 19, 1999

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