Jonathan GordonMay 16, 2018, 4:33 pmMay 17, 2018, 1:37 pm

County executive lays out future for Westchester airport

George Latimers’ new plan includes new governance, reviewing operations, citizen involvement

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WHITE PLAINS — County Executive George Latimer laid out a four-step plan to improve transparency and success of the Westchester airport at a press conference on Wednesday at the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains. The areas of the airport plan include submitting a new master plan, exploring future governance over the facility, reviewing every part of the airport's operations, and holding public meetings for community input.

Latimer plans to submit the former administration's master plan by July to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't take back $1.4 million grant. Then, Latimer's team will work on a supplemental masterplan to replace the old one. That process could take over a year.

After rejecting and passing on deals in 2016 and 2017 to private governance over the airport, Latimer is urging the Board of Legislators to review all options going forward. Operations reviews will include flight volume, environmental impact, parking, and flight paths.

"I presume that the final product will be a combination of citizen input, legislative discussion, and executive branch review. The professionals that we have will run the airport and then ultimately public policy that will be set by the county executive and by the county board of legislators as a group," Latimer said.

Latimer will announce new members of the airport advisory board, and there are already three public hearings on the topic scheduled for June. The first of those meetings will be on June 6 at Rye Brooke Village Hall at 7:00 p.m.

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