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NYAMA, the VOICE of Aviation in New York State

NYAMA represents over 13,000 members and affiliate members, 464 commercial, public and private airports and heliports, fixed based operators, consultants, engineers and other aviation industries and professionals who believe that serious economic development efforts at the state and regional level necessitate strong public investment in our aviation assets and facilities. NYAMA seeks to work with the Legislature and the Governor to realize the full potential of NY’s airports and aviation industries as the driver of new, high-quality and sustainable jobs, and to attract greater private sector investment.

The last few years were highlighted by important initiatives as part of the State Budgets to bolster state investments in airports. The additional Aviation Capital Grant Program funding and the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition represents a significant increase in the state’s continued commitment to addressing the critical maintenance and modernization needs of many of our airports throughout the state. The NY aviation community seeks to build on these initiatives.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT NYS AIRPORTS

The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) is urging New York State to reinstate permits issued under very limited circumstances that would allow for the continued use of safe and proven wildlife control methods by trained professionals at and around the state’s airports.

State law prohibits the shooting of deer by hunters with a rifle in Long Island and Westchester County.  Thus far, the state Assembly is not willing to grant authority to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to continue to issue waivers from this restriction for airport wildlife management efforts. That leaves shotguns, a less effective tool, as the sole firearm method to remove the threat of deer.

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NEW YORK’S AVIATION IMPACT

• The economic benefits of New York State airports are impressive. According to data from the New York State Department of Transportation and updated figures from the Port Authority of NY-NJ, the aviation industry contributes over $72.3 billion in annual economic activity in New York State and more than 506,372 NY based jobs in aviation or aviation-related industries, generates $25.8 billion in payroll and well over $6 billion in state and local tax revenue annually.

• The aviation industry in New York State needs a robust, reoccurring long-term state capital investment program to sustain and expand on this impressive economic growth and job creation generator.

• NYSDOT released a study in 2010, “Economic Impacts of Aviation”, that clearly demonstrated and concluded that strategic public investments in airports is essential to long-term economic recovery and growth.  NYAMA is urging for this study to be updated with current information that is reflective of the present day economic benefits from New York State airports.


STATE BUDGET

  • Increase the Annual Appropriation for the Airport Capital Funding Program (S.7504-A/A.9504-A)
    • The State Aviation Capital Grant Program should receive at least $40 million each year and NYAMA calls for the quick release early this year of the 2017-18 grant solicitation so as not to delay future Aviation Capital Grant Program awards

  • Fully Fund the State AIP Match for Federally-Funded Projects (S.7504-A/A.9504-A)
    • The state’s AIP appropriation needs to be increased to $6 million to make sure to match all available federal funding and thus maximize the benefits of the State Aviation Capital Grant Program

  • Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition 

    • NYAMA is urging the final award be made as soon as possible and that consideration be given to funding a Round II Upstate Airport Economic Development Revitalization Competition.