Over $8.1 million in federal funding is headed to Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

The funding was announced by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Anthony Brindisi.

The money was allocated through the U.S Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.

The funding will be used to reconstruct the Griffiss runway and for runway lighting.

“This $8.1 million is a win for NY-22’s air travel infrastructure and economy,” said Brindisi. “Griffiss International Airport will be receiving much needed resources to fix up their runways and invest in other critical upgrades. This federal support helps grow our economy and make air travel safer. I will continue to fight to improve our infrastructure.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the federal grant will enable Griffiss to complete Phase II of its runway rehabilitation project, which includes improvements to its surface and lighting.

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