October 27, 2021

Chase Field among airports getting money for upgrades

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

An airplane sits parked Friday at Chase Field in Cortlandville. The airport will receive almost $1.9 million in federal funding that will be used to repave the runway.

Chase Field Airport in Cortlandville will receive nearly $1.9 million in federal funding that will help cover the cost of repaving the runway, Cortland County Legislator Chris Newell said Friday.

“It’s in good shape but it’s due for a resurfacing,” said Newell (U-Cortlandville).

The $1,875,000 the airport was awarded last week was part of $3.7 million in funding for upstate New York airports that Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced.

The funding is meant to help rehabilitation projects and enhance safety standards at airports, the senators announced in a news release.

“As New Yorkers continue battling the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot leave airports behind,” Gillibrand said. “Airports, travel, and tourism will be a critical part of our economic recovery.”

The other airports awarded funding were:

  • Plattsburgh International — $765,000.
  • Dunkirk Airport — $90,000.
  • Buffalo Niagara International $650,000.
  • Griffiss International — $267,300.

Newell did not know the total cost of repaving the runway and referred questions and further specific details to county Highway Superintendent Charlie Sudbrink and county Deputy Highway Superintendent Trisha Jesset, who could not be reached Friday.

Newell, chairman of the legislature’s Highway Committee and whose district covers the airport, did say the funding will cover the majority of the cost of repaving.

Newell said work is likely to begin this summer and the airport will be shut for “a couple of weeks” but no date has been set.

The county does not plan on expanding the airport as well.

The plan to repave the runway has been on the county’s agenda for the past few years, as per Federal Aviation Administration guidance, he said.

Newell said he wasn’t sure when the money will be received by the county as the state provided no specific timeline.

“That’s always a wait and see,” he said.