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Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Progress on Emergency Operations Center at Hancock International Airport

(August 20, 2012)

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Progress on Emergency Operations Center at Hancock International Airport

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council today announced that the City of Syracuse has signed its contract with the state and is moving forward with the creation of an Emergency Operations Center inside of Hancock International Airport’s passenger terminal with the assistance of $810,000 from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. The state's funding is serving as a major factor in enabling the airport to proceed with design and preliminary construction as part of the $63 million terminal renovation that is currently under way.

“Hancock International Airport is a vital transportation hub for the Central New York region,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair of the CNYREDC. “The Emergency Operations Center is the latest in passenger terminal improvements at Hancock that will make the airport safer and more efficient for the traveling public, while further enhancing the airport’s competitiveness with improved infrastructure and emergency preparedness capabilities.”

“The modern Emergency Operations Center will allow for a faster and more focused response to emergency situations at Hancock International Airport, improving safety for all of its users,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald. “This EOC will also be able to join the network of other EOC’s in Central New York, allowing for a quick, efficient response to regional emergencies.”

The Syracuse International Airport will improve its passenger terminal to house the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The larger and better located EOC will aid in preparation and response to airport disasters in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements.

“We are very pleased to receive funding for the modernization and expansion of the airport’s Emergency Operations Center as progress continues on the airport’s operational and physical transformation,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “The new Emergency Operations Center will ensure all airport stakeholders can come together quickly and effectively to manage any type of airport emergency.”

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, The Hancock International Airport was awarded $810,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation.

NYSDOT provides funding for capital projects aimed at enhancing the State's airport infrastructure and improving the safety and efficiency of the State's aviation services to increase economic competitiveness. Eligible airports must be included in the State Airport System Plan (SASP) and have an airport layout plan (ALP) approved by NYSDOT.

Senator David Valesky said, “This project is critical to Central New York. By strengthening our emergency operations and disaster recovery response, we can better protect our citizens and infrastructure.”

Senator John A. DeFrancisco said, “The Emergency Operations Center at the Syracuse International Airport will improve the passenger terminal not only by providing the resources needed during airport emergencies, but also by expanding the size of the current EOC and relocating it within the airport terminal building. It will ensure maximum safety precautions are taken to better protect our community and all of the people traveling to Central New York.”

Assemblyman Don Miller said, “I was the first ‘Yes’ vote in the State Legislature to create the Airport Authority, and this grant to site the Emergency Operations Center as part of the commercial expansion is a fantastic boost to the project overall. This grant is another important step in re-establishing Syracuse as a commercial and transportation center.”

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. For information on how the New New York is working for business, please visit www.thenewny.com.

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