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Extended runway opens at Orange County Airport

Margryta, left, and Neuhaus admire the extended runway

MONTGOMERY – County officials unveiled the Orange County Airport's $30 million runway realignment project on Thursday.

The project allows for the expansion of operations, hanger capacity, and an FAA-certified obstruction free flood mitigated takeoff and landing service with all the required safety enhancements.

County Director of Aviation Edward Magryta said he this funding received for the runway project should provide number of benefits.

"These improvements basically allow us to get a larger assortment of aircraft, more utilization of this airport, which will help commerce; we have businesses on this airport, which will help some of the executives from aircraft that are supporting the different large companies that are building around this area," said Magryta. "There's an economical component, an educational component, there's a based pilots' group here for recreational flying- that component; so, there's a lot of different areas that are benefitting from this runway and these improvements to this airport.”

The project realigned the runway away from the Wallkill River.

The federal government paid 90 percent of the cost with five percent each coming from the state and county governments.

 County Executive Steven Neuhaus praised the partnership between Washington and the county.

 


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