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Islip Officials Break Ground For New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Building

  Supervisor Carpenter with State Officials, Board Members, Airport Commisioner Shelley LaRose Arken, Town Departmen Commissioners and Fire Safety Officers                                                                                                                                    

Islip, NY- Islip officials broke ground on a new state-of-the-art Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Building at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma today. The new 21,000 sf facility will cost approximately $12.5 million to construct and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.

“This is an incredible day for the Town of Islip and for Long Island MacArthur Airport,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. This new, state-of-the-art Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility is another exciting step forward in the future of Long Island MacArthur Airport. I am grateful to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand for their commitment to Long Island MacArthur Airport.”

“The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility will meet the needs of larger, more modern jets serving Long Island MacArthur Airport. The airport is a regional asset, and this new facility adds to the overall value of the airport to the local community and traveling public,” said Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport. 

The new ARFF facility will consist of five bays, one of which will have a drive-through capacity ensuring quicker response times. In addition, the new facility will have a state-of-the-art foam re-filling station.  

Long Island MacArthur Airport serves more than 1.2 million commercial passengers each year, as well as more than 115,000 general aviation operations, and has an economic impact of approximately $577 million annually.  ISP is home to more than 250 based aircraft.

“This is another great milestone for the airport,” said ARFF Chief Albert Cinotti. “Our department takes great pride in the safety of airport staff, airline crews and the traveling public.”

 U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced earlier this year that Long Island MacArthur Airport is receiving more than $9 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant dollars to construct the ARFF.

“The safety of Long Island MacArthur Airport is a top priority and essential to the health of the region’s economy. A brand new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Building, made possible by more than $9 million in federal Department of Transportation funding, will help ensure passengers, pilots and crewmembers are kept safe in the event of an emergency. I will continue to make sure Long Island MacArthur Airport has the federal resources it needs to run smoothly, efficiently and safety,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

 “The Long Island MacArthur Airport is Suffolk County’s gateway to the rest of the state, and I’m very pleased that these important upgrades to the airport are finally getting underway,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This project is so important for Suffolk County, and I was proud to fight with Senator Schumer for the federal funds that will allow it to go forward.” 

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