Hughes Announces Federal Funding for Air Traffic Control Tower

Hughes Announces Federal Funding for Air Traffic Control Tower

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Mercer County learned today that the DOT/FAA appropriations legislation for FY 2016 was approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday, and includes a total of $154.4 million in dedicated funding for the FAA contract tower program, including the air traffic control tower at Trenton-Mercer Airport.

“Mercer County is appreciative of the congressional leaders who continue to recognize the vital significance of airports like Trenton-Mercer Airport and the necessity of funding contract towers,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Millions of travelers far beyond the borders of Mercer County have grown to depend on Trenton-Mercer Airport.”

The air traffic control tower at Trenton-Mercer Airport was among the 189 contracted towers funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that were facing elimination or reduced tower operations in 2013 as a result of federal spending cuts, known as the sequester.

County Executive Hughes aggressively appealed to the FAA and to Washington to continue funding for the tower, citing the implications of possible detrimental impact to the Mercer County economy and safety of local airspace.

The airport experiences 80,000 takeoffs/landings per year.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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