With the passage of all the budget bills and with the Governor’s approval on March 31, the Legislature has now passed four on-time budgets in a row.
NYAMA sought to have included in the budget $10 million for the AIR 99 airport capital program, a fully-funded AIP state match program for the federal Airport Improvement Program and the language from the Aviation Jobs Act (AJA) legislation to exempt general aviation aircraft from the state’s sales and use taxes.
The budget does include $10 million for AIR 99 but, similar to last year, some of this funding (as much as $3 million) may be used to cover the expected shortfall in the AIP program funding level. While NYAMA agrees that the state AIP program needs to be fully funded so as to maximize the amount of federal funding available to New York, the shortfall should not be made up with the limited AIR 99 funding. NYAMA will continue our efforts to have the AIP deficit funded in a way that will not reduce the AIR 99 appropriation this year. NYAMA seeks to address this underfunded AIP issue and the establishment of a permanent, more robust state airport development capital program in the next 5-year transportation capital plan to be released by NYSDOT in a few months.
The AJA tax exemption language did not make it into the final budget despite being included in the Senate’s one-house budget bill and the strong push by NYAMA in the Assembly and with the Governor’s office. NYAMA will continue to pursue the legislation, S.273-B (Larkin)/A.3677-B (Lupardo), which the Senate is expected to pass again prior to the scheduled June 19 end of the 2014 session.
Thank you to everyone who came to Albany to support NYAMA's Advocacy Day! Be sure to watch our weekly e-currents newsletter and nyama.com in the coming weeks for additional ways you can help the aviation industry in New York State!
Act Now to Support the New York Aviation Jobs Act Aircraft Sales Tax Exemption Included in Senate Budget.
NYAMA strongly encourages our members to support the Aviation Jobs Act which the state Senate has included as part of their proposed budget (Senate bill 6359C, Part XX). This measure would exempt general aviation aircraft purchased in New York from sales and use tax as is done in neighboring states.
With the Aviation Jobs Act language in the Senate Budget, it is critical our members contact legislators now as a joint conference committee is being convened to finalize the budget. To achieve success, the Aviation Jobs Act must be included in the final budget report from the conference committee.
Since this legislation was introduces, NYAMA, the NBAA, and the LIBAA have been working directly to build support for the exemption, however, now that the proposal is in the Senate budget, legislators must hear directly from their constituents.
When contacting your legislators, members should consider making the following points:
Contact your state legislators now and encourage them to include the Aviation Jobs Act in their final budget!
On March 11 and 12, NYAMA will host our annual Aviation Advocacy Day, where industry leaders from across the state meet with legislators about the importance of a strong aviation industry to New York’s prosperity. Join us in Albany and let your voice to be heard! Meet with your state representatives and discuss crucial state budget issues and other developments related to aviation. Our primary focus for this year will be:
All NYAMA members and aviation officials are welcome and encouraged to attend!
We will be based at Hotel Albany (State and Lodge Streets, Downtown Albany). You can make your hotel reservations by calling 1-866-691-1183 or use the hotel's website. Be sure to indicate that you are with the New York Aviation Management Association and provide the registration code: 1NYAVM. All hotel reservations under the discounted NYAMA room block ($159/night) must be made by February 14, 2014.
Thank you to our Sponsors!!!
Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!
As a 2014 Advocacy Day sponsor, you’ll receive recognition at our Legislative Reception and Presentation on March 11 at the Legislative Office Building and throughout the day on March 12. Additionally, you will be featured in all of our mailings leading up to Advocacy Day. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity-- become a sponsor today!
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 2013 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!
Greetings from Hon. Robin Schimminger to Aviation Conference Attendees
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (Erie, Niagara) expressed regrets for being unable to attend the Welcome and Opening Session of the New York Aviation Management Association’s 2012 Fall Conference and Exhibit Show in Niagara Falls, New York, but sent well wishes to attendees.
“I am pleased to send greetings to all attending the [conference] and to congratulate NYAMA on its 36th year of successful training and advocacy for New York's airport industry,” the Assemblyman wrote in a letter presented to NYAMA.
Stressing that airports are one of the economic engines that fuel growth in the communities they serve, Schimminger declared “the economic benefits of airports and the aviation industry in this state are truly immense.”
“As Chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee, I am well aware that New York air service is critical to the economic growth and well-being of this state and to the traveling public. A region’s ability to attract investment and jobs is directly related to the quality and cost of passenger air service. In addition, efforts to bring conventions, conferences, other events and tourists to a region are impacted by the cost of air travel,” Assemblyman Schimminger explained.
“The aviation industry helped to make New York the Empire State, and I want to thank you all for your efforts in keeping New York at the center of this ever-growing and vital industry. Best wishes for an enjoyable and productive conference,” Assemblyman Schimminger concluded.