Lowey Announces more than $23 Million in Federal Funding to Help Westchester County Airport Recover from the Impacts of COVID-19

April 14, 2020
Press Release

Funding provided at 100 percent federal share, with no local match, to cover operating expenses including maintaining airport services, paying staff, and covering losses due to reduced operations

Federal grant part of $411.27 Million for New York State airports

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $23,607,111 in federal funding for Westchester County Airport through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help with the costs of continuing operations of airports during the COVID-19 pandemic, assist with lost revenue resulting from the decline in travel, and support operating expenses including payroll, utilities, and capital expenditures.

“Westchester County Airport plays a critical role in the Lower Hudson Valley’s economy, and I am committed to ensuring the federal government assists in its stabilization and recovery,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Just this week, a major airline suspended flights at Westchester County Airport as workers continue to risk their health and safety to keep the airport operating. This much-needed investment will keep our airport afloat and save workers’ jobs. These funds are essential in not only keeping families safe but in ensuring our economy can recover and rebuild.”

The $23.6 million in funding to Westchester County Airport is part of $411,274,414 in federal grants Congresswoman Lowey helped secure for a total of 76 airports across New York State.

“We are facing health and economic challenges the likes of which have not been seen for generations,” said County Executive George Latimer. “Like many households, the economic downturn is seriously impacting the budgets of many public functions. These funds secured by Congresswoman Lowey will go a long way toward maintaining the County airport as a critical transportation hub that it must be.”

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration to secure this funding in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.