“STATEWIDE AVIATION GROUP CELEBRATES 35th ANNIVERARY”
ELM receives special recognition from State leaders
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Watkins Glen- The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) celebrated its 35th anniversary as the “Voice of Aviation in New York,” advocating on behalf of airports and the aviation industry throughout the State. The group hosted its annual conference in Watkins Glen that not only brought together industry leaders but a number of elected state officials whose remarks underscored the vital economic role played by New York’s airports.
Joining NYAMA were New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara and Assemblyman Philip Palmesano who represent the Elmira Corning area, as well as Scott Esty, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Christopher Friend.
NYAMA President Carl Beardsley stated, “These elected officials recognize the enormous role played by aviation, not only through creating jobs in their district but giving their region access to a global economy. We appreciate their support and their ongoing commitment to providing a regulatory environment that encourages aviation businesses to grow and prosper. Their role with the New York State Legislative Aviation Caucus has made them particularly effective in strengthening the economic role of our airports and aviation industry.”
Some $50 billion is generated by aviation activities in New York State, employing nearly 400,000 New Yorkers and producing $18 billion in payroll according to a recent economic report released by New York State Department of Transportation. O’Mara, Palmesano, and Esty presented Ann Crook, Manager of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) with a proclamation commending the Airport on their recognition in this report. ELM was recognized as third in the State in annual economic activity attributable to aviation. ELM generated $1.54 billion of the total with JFK International and LaGuardia comprising $42 billion or 84% of the state’s economic impact. ELM was also noted, along with the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and the Westchester County Airport, as the only airports in New York State to have gained enplanements in 2009.
“The recent conference to celebrate the steady growth and success of New York’s aviation industry over the past three decades couldn’t have been more timely,” said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (Corning). “The state’s regional economic development councils are hard at work developing plans and strategies for future economic growth and the aviation industry has earned a prominent place on this stage. We would be smart to take actions and encourage policies to strengthen an industry that already provides hundreds of thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars in payroll.”
The special reception was an opportunity to recognize these and other state officials for their strong support of the airports and aviation industries. The annual conference allows for members and aviation professionals to interact while being briefed on the latest information on state and federal efforts including the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), aviation security and sustainable operations that protect the environment.
Pictured : Scott Esty, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Christopher Friend, Assemblyman Philip Palmesano, Ann Crook, Manager of Elmira Corning Regional Airport, Carl Beardsley, Broome County Commissioner of Aviation and NYAMA Outgoing President, and Senator Thomas O’Mara.