Westchester County Executive Latimer Rules Out Westchester County Airport Expansion of Any Kind
By JOHN BAILEY

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Latimer Does NOT Seek Increased County Revenue

Latimer Intends to Hold Four Public Hearing Intentioned to Create Master Plan

Latimer Promises Legislators Proposal by October 2018

Latimer May Involve Town of Greenwich in Discussion

County Executive George Latimer held a one-hour news conference and Q & A at the Michaelian Building, announced he would hold three open meetings beginning June 6th on creating a new supplemental Master Plan for Westchester County Airport by July 15. Photo taken by John Bailey on May 16th, 2018 and courtesy of White Plains CitizeNetReporter.

John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor.

Work on the plan would start be gathering input from the citizens beginning and following on June 11, dealing with Governance, and  June 25, Operations. There would also be “Citizen Involvement” encouraged at every meeting.

He said he expected a proposal to define how the airport would be run to be before the Board of Legislators by October.

He told a packed briefing room that the county had not informed Macquarie Development the county previous choice to operate the airport was no longer being considered.  Macquarie was the Astorino administration choice to operate the airport last fall, a proposal the Board of Legislators had chosen not to adopt.

Latimer told WPCNR he  did not rule out any firm who may want to run the airport for applying to run the airport under conditions to be determined by the series of meetings ahead and the Board of Legislators approval of the Supplemental Master Plan.

The Supplemental Master Plan submission was agreed to by the F.A.A.  which set a maximum deadline July 15 2018. Latimer’s Westchester County Airport Plan called the Astorino Master Plan that the F.A.A. is willing to accept July 1, “not complete, and was based in part, on faulty assumptions.”

Asked by WPCNR, if he foresaw expansion of the airport, Latimer ruled it out: “no new runways, no increased flights.” He said it serves Westchester needs adequately now.

Asked if he felt the county should earn more revenues it can use from the airport for county needs, Latimer said he was more concerned with who governs the airport going forward.

WPCNR asked if Mr. Latimer would consider inviting the Town of Greenwich to participate in the upcoming meetings, he said he had not, and his staff would reach out to them.

The Meeting on the Master Plan is scheduled for June 6 at 7 PM, Rye Brook Village Hall, 938 King Street, Rye Brook, NY.

The Governance Meeting is planned for 7 PM at the Hergenhan Recreation Center, 40 Maple Avenue, Armonk, NY.

The Operations Meeting will take place 7 PM at the West Harrison Senior Center, 251 Underhill Avenue, West Harrison NY.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer will Chair those meetings.

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First published in the White Plains CitizeNetReporter by Publisher / Editor John Bailey on May 16, 2018. http://whiteplainscnr.com/2018/05/16/county-executive-rules-out-expansion-of-the-westchester-airport-of-any-kind-not-seeking-increased-county-revenues-will-hold-4-public-meetings-on-4-airport-issues-to-create-master-plan-proposal-to-b/

 

 

 

 

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