TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey today released the following statement on the plans by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to acquire Stewart Airport:
“Without a doubt, I think Stewart Airport is the way to go, in terms of reducing congestion and delays at our major airports, particularly Newark Liberty International, which is crucial to New Jersey travelers. From a strategic standpoint this makes perfect sense. Stewart Airport is in a unique location to siphon a portion of travelers away from Newark, J.F.K. and LaGuardia.
“If we’re not proactive now, the headaches and inconveniences that exist today will be utter havoc in another 10 or 15 years when our three major airports reach capacity. Moreover, creating a fourth major airport is absolutely vital to the economic growth of our region. As Senate President, I’m prepared to support legislation that would expand the Port Authority’s power to purchase an additional airport outside its 25 mile radius of authority.”