FAA funding safety upgrades at Republic

Farmingdale’s Republic Airport is in line for more than $24 million in safety upgrades via funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and New York State.

The enhancements include realigning runways, the relocation of a taxiway and nearby hangars, realigning the airport’s perimeter road, improved signage, runway markings and lighting and the installation of a security fence.

Republic sits on 526 acres and features two asphalt runways, a two-story terminal, nine jet hangars and more than 460 aircraft. The airport is owned by New York State and operated by the state transportation department, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recently proposed that it be turned over to local municipal ownership.

Regional planners see the airport as a southern anchor for a future biotech corridor that would stretch north along Route 110 to Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It also figures importantly in Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed Connect transportation plan, which would enhance north-south public transit along key arteries like 110.

“Republic Airport is a vital link for air traffic to and from Long Island, and serves a crucial role in keeping New Yorkers safe during emergencies,” Cuomo said in announcing the upgrade project. “This investment will give people and businesses more reasons to visit and ultimately call New York home. I am pleased to collaborate with our federal partners to make these enhancements a reality.”

Republic supports approximately 1,400 airport-related jobs on Long Island, including 900 jobs on airport property.

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