Carolyn FortinoSep 22, 2017, 5:01 pmSep 23, 2017, 7:15 am

Three firms bid to privatize Westchester County Airport

County Executive Rob Astorino says privatizing the airport will give Westchester a better airport

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The future of Westchester County Airport is up in the air, and local officials came together to discuss the possible privatization of the airport on Friday.

Police, parks, and childcare are just some of the possible county services that could see a boost if the Westchester County Airport becomes privatized.

During an information session held this week, questions were asked concerning changes that might occur if the airport is put in the hands of a new operator.

"We're taking the original airport we have right now with all of the restrictions, the runway lengths, strict environmental safeguards, and we'll have better amenities, but everything has to come back to the county for approval,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. “So nothing changes other than the fact that the money that is normally locked over there we normally could not use, now we can use it in order to hold the line on taxes."

HPN Aviation Group, Ferro Star Westchester Airport Partners, and MIC Airports are all in the running for the privatization.

County Executive Rob Astorino says all three firms have made solid proposals.

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