ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)-- "Ithaca is a gateway, this area is a gateway and one of the things that helps the economy grow, makes life easier and more convenient, and helps maintain Cornell as one of the great intellectual centers of the country, is having good air service," says Chuck Schumer, New York Senator.
Back in October, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport applied for a federal grant of $10 Million dollars from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. This grant would help the airport build a new concourse and get phase two of their airport renovations off the ground.
"I think on the merits this one deserves it, this airport is growing, the region is growing, air service is really important you know in a region like this. So I think that when you look at all of the grants, if they do it on the merits we'll win. My job is just to push away the politics of people who would want it to go to other places that are less deserving," says Schumer.
Being $10 Million dollars, this federal grant is competitive but airport officials have high hopes especially after receiving endorsement from their senator.
"When it comes to Federal money and infrastructure money, there is no one more important in New York than our senator and we appreciate tremendously that he would find time in his busy schedule and priorities to spend some of his time on this important project," says Michael Hall, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Director.
Airport officials say that they should know in about a month if they will receive the grant or not.