Westchester County on Wednesday announced that the Department of Planning had issued a request for proposals (RFP) to supplement the Westchester County Airport Master Plan and associated environmental impact study. Read the full announcement here.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “When we submitted the master plan last summer to the FAA we did so knowing the plan needed to have a supplement. I’m pleased today that we heard from the public on a variety of issues and are now moving forward with a RFP to create a supplement. The airport is an important part of our County, and while I have no intention of expanding it, we must have a plan to move forward to help business and protect the environment.”
John Ravitz, executive vice president of The Business Council of Westchester and founder of the BCW Coalition for Westchester Airport, said: “The County Executive is following through on his commitment to supplement the airport Master Plan. The BCW Coalition for Westchester Airport supports making reasonable enhancements to enable this critically important resource to better serve and protect the traveling, business and neighboring communities. A great deal of work has already been done in terms of addressing many of the issues that the County Executive wants to see studied, particularly with regard to environmental concerns and community transparency. Extensive data gathered for previous proposals submitted to the County has already been thoroughly reviewed and vetted in a bipartisan manner by members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and should be utilized in any additional reviews. Gathering supplemental information can be useful, but it is our hope that this does not cause further delays than necessary. The Coalition will continue to actively work with the County in this collaborative effort, while at the same time monitoring the actions and steps being taken to assure the future of this essential transportation, workforce and economic development hub for our County.”
About the Coalition for Westchester Airport
As the county’s only business membership organization focusing on economic development and advocacy, The Business Council of Westchester has been committed to working on enhancing – not expanding – services at the airport for the business community, the traveling community and the neighboring community. The Coalition for Westchester Airport was formed in August 2018 so that it could provide a reasoned voice to the public debate, separating myths from facts about enhancing the delivery of services at the airport. The Coalition is comprised of businesses large and small, as well as labor organizations, educators and nonprofits. Learn more at http://coalitionforwestchesterairport.org/.