Central Islip eyes FAA decision
July 23, 2012 by Sarah
In a show of solid support, Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, along with members of the Town Board and other New York State elected officials gathered, to send a public message to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on July 12. The Supervisor’s statement was succinct and to the point, as he said:
“I, along with the rest of my colleagues, urge the FAA to designate Islip’s very own Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) as the new home for the NextGen air traffic control facility.”
Noting that the Long Island airport was well-suited and exceeded the specifications for the FAA project, Croci went on to address the impact of the federal decision on the local economy, saying:
“LIMA’s prime location will help save important Long Island jobs and create additional jobs locally for construction and technology companies. The FAA is already a member of our community. Their employees live and shop in our Town, their children go to our schools. LIMA is a natural fit for the future of the FAA.”
Central Islip, less than a ten-minute drive from the airport, stands to reap significant benefits with the potential development of a new facility at the LIMA location. In addition to the obvious realty and retail up-tick that comes from large-scale construction projects and increased employment, other companies that act as support services to the business community can anticipate bottom-line improvement as well. Whether it’s a building supply vendor or a printing company that does the kind of brochure printing so vital to the real estate industry, the FAA’s NextGen project finding a home at MacArthur Airport could well be a welcome event for locals.