- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than 70 airports in upstate New York are eligible to compete for a share of $200 million in state funds up for grabs in a new state competition from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The money will be divided up among the airports that submit the best plans for enhancing safety, improving service or reducing environmental impact.

Cuomo, a Democrat, came up with the idea of a competition to encourage airports to think creatively and submit their best plans for how they’d use the money. His initial idea, announced in January, was to award five $40 million grants to the winners.

State lawmakers included the competition in the $154 billion state budget they passed on Friday.

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