Harrison to leave SWF manager’s post

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Ed Harrison, left, and Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus chat on the tarmac (MHNN file photo)

STEWART AIRPORT – Ed Harrison, the general manager of New York Stewart International Airport since March 2014, will be leaving at the end of the month.

Harrison declined comment and officials at the Port Authority, the agency that operates the Newburgh airport, have yet to comment.

One source said Harrison will be leaving Stewart at the end of the month. Another said he will also be leaving his employment with the Port Authority.

Stewart Airport Commission Chairman Louis Heimbach, who spoke with Harrison, said he did “an outstanding job” during his tenure.

Prior to coming to Stewart, Harrison worked for the Port Authority’s business portfolio of aviation assets.

Harrison brought much enthusiasm to the airport and is credited with being a driving force in attracting Norwegian Air with its nonstop European flights. The airline pulled out a year-and-a-half later when the Boeing 737 Max jets, their mainstay for their Stewart flights, were grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes overseas.

He also led the charge to build the new international arrivals wing on to the passenger terminal. Construction is well underway with that facility.

Harrison and Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus also brought the New York International Air Show to Stewart.