- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - The Finger Lakes Regional Airport is getting a financial boost from the federal government.

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to the airport in Seneca Falls.

The money will be used to replace 4,500 feet of the taxiway and also will be spent on lighting, markings, signage and drainage.

Local officials say the airport has experienced a considerable increase in jet traffic in the past five years, and its hangar space is at 100 percent capacity. The additional property being brought online with drainage improvements will allow for more hangar space.

The improvements also will help with adjacent farming operations and their drainage problems.

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