JAMESTOWN – New York State’s Senior U.S. Senator will be paying a visit to Chautauqua County Friday morning to show his support for the County Airport in Jamestown.
Senator Charles Schumer will be at the airport requesting the FAA grant a special waiver to Jamestown so it can keep its status in the critical Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The waiver would allow the county airport to receive an additional $1.9 million in federal funding.
According to Schumer’s office, last year, Jamestown was short of the minimum threshold to qualify for federal funding through the EAS program by a Mere 38 passengers, but only because of errantly-cancelled flights – Jamestown averaged 9.96 passengers per day, but the threshold is ten.
This morning, Senator Schumer will point to Jamestown’s recent growth in flights and new low-cost fares as a sign that Jamestown will have no trouble meeting the threshold next year and as a result, he will request the FAA grant a special waiver for the airport.
The senator will be at the airport at 10:45 a.m.. He will be joined by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, Department of Public Works Director George Spanos and other local officials.