Andy MattisonJul 28, 2017, 10:37 pmJul 29, 2017, 7:01 am

Officials say they’ve received 3 bids for Westchester County Airport master plan

Announcement comes day after many at public meeting expressed concerns about environment and traffic

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As the Westchester County works on finalizing the Westchester County Airport master plan, a constant concern among residents and travelers is how the plan will impact the airport and the area surrounding it.

At Thursday night's public meeting many expressed concern about the airport expanding and what that could do to the environment and traffic at the airport.

On Friday the county announced they've received three requests for proposals to enter into a public-private partnership with the county and operate the airport long term. In a statement, Westchester County Spokesperson T.J. McCormack also addressed the expansion issue. It reads:

"Under the Request For Proposal, Westchester County Airport will continue to operate within its existing footprint. The current number of runways, gates and passenger cap remain the same."

The $1.4 million plan could reportedly bring $150 million to the county.

There is still a long way to go before the plan is voted on by legislators later this year. Says they'll announce the identities of the bidders next week. At Thursday night's meeting McCormack also touched on the public-private partnership plan for the airport.

"From Day One in 1945, when the federal government handed over Westchester Airport to the county, it has been run by a third party ever since then, going back 70-some years so this is nothing new,” McCormack said.

The county plans to announce who the qualified bidders are next week.

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