Over $440,000 in federal funding is headed to Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

The funding was announced by Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

The money is awarded through a grant allocated by the Department of Transportation.

It will allow Griffiss to acquire a replacement snow plow to keep the airport serviceable during periods of snow and aid in the efficiency and safety of operations.

“As an important regional asset, Griffiss International Airport has been a key contributor in helping to grow our local economy in the Utica-Rome area. Funds from this grant will allow Griffiss to acquire new snow removal equipment, further improving the airport's ability to handle Upstate weather conditions and better maintain the integrity of the airport’s infrastructure,” said Tenney.

During Tenney’s time in Congress, the federal government has invested over $9 million in funds towards Griffiss Airport.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente issued the following statement on the Griffiss federal grant award:

“Griffiss International Airport continues to be an economic asset to all of Oneida County, which is why my administration continuously invests and works to ensure its success. The Federal Aviation Administration  grant award of $440,098 we have received will aid in the efficiency and safety of operations of this county-owned and operated facility. My administration and our staff at the airport, especially Commissioner Chad Lawrence, prepared the grant, applied for the grant and won the grant award. I’m proud of their efforts. I have always made Griffiss a priority, and we continue to see growth in research and technology and in the development of unmanned aircraft systems that is unprecedented anywhere in the country.”