THE FUTURE OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT IS AT STAKE
A well-organized group of opponents has launched a campaign aimed at restricting airport operations. Some have even gone so far as to say that the airport should be all but closed. Now is the time for all those who value the airport and recognize its importance to express their support. That’s why the Coalition for Westchester Airport has been formed.
ABOUT THE COALITION
Westchester County Airport is a key element in the county’s transportation infrastructure, serving an average of 1.5 million passengers each year. The airport is essential for economic development, helping to attract and retain businesses while supporting thousands of jobs. Yet the future of the airport is in jeopardy. Spearheaded by the Business Council of Westchester, the Coalition for Westchester Airport represents a broad range of businesses, entrepreneurs, labor organizations, employees, educators, nonprofits and residents who support making responsible enhancements to secure the future of the airport. Advocating for a cooperative relationship with the FAA, the Coalition for Westchester Airport believes that a Public/Private Partnership is the right approach for Westchester Airport.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Tell Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Board of Legislators that you support the airport. Sign today!
You’ve heard the myths, now learn the facts about the benefits of a Public/Private Partnership at Westchester Airport.
MYTH: Westchester County Airport would have more flights, more noise and more traffic.
FACT: A 2005 county law limits the number of flights to four per half hour with a maximum of 240 passengers per half hour.
MYTH: Westchester County Airport would expand to become “LaGuardia North.”
FACT: The number of gates at the airport would remain at six (LaGuardia has 72) and the number of runways would remain at two.
MYTH: Private operators would take over and could build a new, larger airport terminal without input from neighbors.
FACT: Westchester County would maintain ownership and oversight of the airport. All projects would still be subject to county, state, federal and environmental approvals, yet the facilities could be improved without additional taxpayer costs.
MYTH: Environmental oversight of the airport would suffer and pose a risk to the Kensico Reservoir and groundwater.
FACT: A Public/Private Partnership would involve a partner who has a proven track record of improving environmental, noise and traffic issues, as well as being transparent with the surrounding communities on all matters pertaining to these important concerns.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Tell Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Board of Legislators that you support the airport. Sign today.
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