NYAMA applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he celebrates the state’s airports and aviation industries and their contributions to New York State by issuing a proclamation formally declaring May 2014 Aviation Appreciation Month.

The NYAMA-backed legislative resolutions requesting the Governor's action—passed by the Assembly and Senate—were sponsored by Senator William Larkin and Member of the Assembly Donna Lupardo, Co-Chairs of the New York Legislative Aviation Caucus.  Thank you to our legislative supporters!

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A newly released study of New York airports and the aviation industry's contribution to the State's economy found that $50 billion in annual economic activity for New York State businesses is attributable to aviation.

"The data contained in this long-awaited update of the "Benefits of Aviation" study released in 2003 reveals an aviation sector that is highly resistant to recessionary pressures and a smart investment for public and private capital," said Carl Beardsley, President of the New York Aviation Management Association. "The new study finds that convenient, affordable and safe commercial and general aviation air services are vital to the State's economic strength," Beardsley reported.

The study, "New York State Economic Impacts of Aviation," funded jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and NYS Department of Transportation, looked at 90 public-use airports across the State and the economic activity, jobs and taxes generated by the aviation sector. The evidence shows an impact greater than the level of public investment required to maintain the system in a state of good repair.

The new 2010 data shows an increase of 47,000 in aviation employment over the employment level reported in the 2003 study.

NYAMA warned a panel of State lawmakers this week that the critical lack of infrastructure investment, competition from other states and a sagging state and national economy continues to impact airports and related businesses.

In prepared testimony submitted at a public hearing held by members of the Assembly Transportation Committee, Carl Beardsley, President of the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), expressed concerns regarding the State's adopted Two Year Capital Plan and the needs of New York's aviation sector.

Beardsley testified that the State's Five Year Capital Plan, developed by the Department of Transportation as a minimum benchmark for State investment in transportation, concluded that airports would need between $20 million and $30 million of State investment per year in order to maintain core infrastructure.

"The adopted two-year plan, however, has no State funding for aviation...now that the Transportation Bond Act has expired," the NYAMA President stated.

The purpose of NYAMA's testimony was to explain that the State's Two Year Capital Plan for transportation does not include vital funding for New York airports. This threatens the aviation industry's future economic and financial contributions to the State. NYAMA urged increased state investment in revenue and job creating airport projects and reform of the State's tax laws.

"Airports are economic engines fueling growth in the communities they serve," said Beardsley, as he enumerated the economic benefits of New York State airports: Over $35 billion in annual economic activity attributable to aviation; 350,000 jobs with a total payroll of $13.4 billion; more than $2.8 billion in State and local tax revenue; economic benefits equal to 7% of the nation's total aviation impacts, according to a State Department of Transportation Study.

Specifically, the adopted State Budget allocates $4 million for the federal FAA Airport Improvement Program state match-down from $8 million a few years ago-and eliminates language that allows for the transfer of unallocated AIP funds to the State AIR 99 airport grant program.

"Most glaring," Beardsley said, "is that there is no appropriation to replace the funding for airports under the Transportation Bond Act that expired last year." While all other modes of transportation were funded at levels at or near the 5 Year Capital Plan estimates, aviation, a very small part of the overall transportation budget, got nothing.

Beardsley, who is also the Commissioner of Aviation for the Greater Binghamton Airport, warned that, "Without this critical State financial investment, important projects that increase safety, enhance customer convenience and generate revenues to sustain airport service cannot go forward." This will cost the State dearly in the short and long term in lost economic growth and potential job creation.

Instead, New York should adopt a strategy to fully exploit the potential of New York's airports and aviation industries as drivers of new, high-quality and sustainable jobs, and to attract greater private sector investment, according to NYAMA. Considering the importance of airport projects to jobs and overall economic development, NYAMA strongly urges that the 2-year plan be amended to include allocations of funding for airports. "We need to find a way to restore State funding for critical New York airport projects," the testimony stated.

As one strategy, NYAMA urged the Assembly to act to exempt the purchase of business aircraft from sales tax. Many of New York's neighboring states have recently acted to either not tax general aviation aircraft purchases or to provide more favorable tax treatment for such purchases. Consequently, New York continues to lose aircraft and aviation jobs to other states. Department of Transportation sponsored analysis shows that each plane or business jet represents on average four jobs and $1 million of annual economic impact.

"The basing of more of these aircraft here will mean more high-quality permanent jobs for New Yorkers and more revenue for the State," NYAMA argued. "Reforming State aviation tax policy would go a long way to restoring New York as the preferred state for individuals and businesses to locate their aircraft-and employees," concluded Beardsley.

NYAMA represents over 120 airports and aviation organizations across New York. Our diverse membership includes small general aviation airports as well as large hub airports and aviation professionals from all walks of life. NYAMA has been the Voice of Aviation in New York for 34 years.

Review the full testimony here!

At its Fall Conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents the elected and appointed county officials throughout the state, adopted a resolution to commend the members of the State Legislature that have taken decisive action to help insure the future growth of the aviation industry in New York.

The resolution recognizes the leadership of Senator William Stachowski, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, in creating the "New York Legislative Aviation Caucus." The mission of the Caucus, with an initial membership of 56 legislators (now 61) from both parties and from all regions of the state, is to promote the goals of the state's airport owners, managers and aviation industry players, as represented by the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), to restore industry competitiveness and promote New York's aviation economy and concomitant job creation.

"The importance of state investment in maintaining and developing aviation facilities to provide essential air service, general aviation support and enhanced homeland security cannot be overstated," said Carl Beardsley, President of NYAMA. "It is indeed proper that NYSAC recognize those legislators who have demonstrated, in such a constructive way, their support for NY's aviation industry," Beardsley stated.

NYSAC adopts resolutions at its Fall Conference that become its policy positions and agenda going forward and are used to educate the Governor and Legislature as to the priorities of county government.

The resolution says in part:

"Many neighboring and nearby states provide other competitive advantages for their airports and aviation industries thereby putting New York State at a significant disadvantage with respect to attracting private investment and encouraging businesses to base aircraft within the State."

The resolution supports the Caucus leaders' successful advocacy to reform New York State's sales tax exemption for general aviation (GA) maintenance and repair operations that has, since its enactment in 2004, made this state more competitive with other surrounding states and contributed to a significant gain in New York in aviation maintenance and repair activities as well as enhancements in the level of state-and locally-taxable associated business.

The resolution urges the Caucus to "foster competitive equality with neighboring states and to position New York State aviation businesses to better attract new investment, create jobs, and support communities."

NYAMA President Beardsley is grateful to NYSAC for joining with NYAMA in helping to advance the establishment of the NY Legislative Aviation Caucus. Aviation is an economic engine contributing over $35 billion in annual economic activity and approximately 350,000 New York State jobs.

"The creation of the Caucus sends the right signals to investors and businesses that New York intends to reestablish itself as the preferred location in which to base aircraft and expand airport operations," Mr. Beardsley concluded.

NYAMA represents over 120 airports and aviation organizations across New York. Our diverse membership includes small general aviation airports as well as large hub airports and aviation professionals from all walks of life. NYAMA has been the Voice of Aviation in New York for almost 35 years.

Albany, NY-October 12, 2010

At its Fall Conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents the thousands of elected and appointed county officials throughout the state, formally recognized the critical role airports play in New York State's economy and urged the Governor and State Legislature to increase funding for airports and the aviation industry.

The resolution is in response to the inadequate levels of funding in the adopted state budget for airport development and infrastructure investment and the negative impact this will have on local economies and job growth.

"The importance of state investment in maintaining and developing aviation facilities to providing essential air service, general aviation support and enhanced homeland security cannot be overstated," said Carl Beardsley, President of the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA). "NYSAC and its elected and appointed leaders from county government continue to be vital partners with the aviation community and we welcome this most recent show of support," Beardsley stated.

NYSAC adopts resolutions at its Fall Conference that become its policy positions and agenda going forward and are used to educate the Governor and Legislature as to the priorities of county government.

The resolution supporting aviation says in part:

"State funding now directed to airport enhancement, expansion and development is minimal compared to what is provided for all other transportation infrastructure needs and falls woefully short of the funding levels as proposed in the Five-Year Capital Plan for Transportation-between $20 million and $30 million annually for the next five years."

Consequently, the resolution urges the Governor and the Legislature to increase the state budget appropriations for such programs as the State's Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the popular AIR 99' program-which when funded, provides valuable financial assistance for vital infrastructure at airports across New York, funding aircraft hangars, repairs of existing facilities, safety enhancements and other important projects.

The NYSAC resolution resolves that:

"The New York State Association of Counties calls upon the Governor and the Legislature to provide reoccurring and reliable funding for the maintenance and development of the State's airports, allowing for the promotion of a safe and efficient air transportation system and to create high-level employment opportunities especially in the economically-challenged regions throughout New York."

NYAMA President Beardsley expects NYSAC support to be a tremendous help in his Association's efforts to increase state funding for the AIP and AIR 99' grant programs, "and insure that airports are recognized by the Governor and the Legislature as the economic engines they are, contributing over $35 billion in annual economic activity and approximately 350,000 New York State jobs," Mr. Beardsley concluded.

NYAMA represents over 120 airports and aviation organizations across New York. Our diverse membership includes small general aviation airports as well as large hub airports and aviation professionals from all walks of life. NYAMA has been the Voice of Aviation in New York for almost 35 years.

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