Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $1.5 million in state funding has been awarded to Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

Cuomo says the money will support safety enhancements, modernization of facilities, operational improvements and local business development at Griffiss.

The funding is part of a $23.6 million investment in 31 airports across the state.

The projects are funded through the Governor's State Aviation Capital Grant Program initiative

"New York's airports represent the front door to our local communities and are critical to facilitating tourism and business development," Cuomo said. "A world class airport is crucial to regional economic growth, and by investing in the modernization of our local airports we are creating vibrant communities where people want to live, work and play."