ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Airports in Rochester and New York’s Southern Tier will each get $40 million as the first winners of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate airport competition.
Cuomo visited the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Wednesday to announce the funding.
The state funds are part of a $200 million competition created by Cuomo and approved by lawmakers earlier this year. Up to five upstate airports are expected to win portions of the money.
In Rochester the money will be combined with $23 million in local funds to overhaul the terminal, construct a new cellphone lot and make upgrades to security, concessions and passenger lounges.
The Democratic governor says the investments will help upstate regions remain economically competitive for years to come.