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Statement from Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone

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Francis S. Gabreski Airport to Remain Open Despite Cuts Says FAA

(Hauppauge, NY-March 22, 2013)  “Suffolk County received great news from the Federal Aviation Administration confirming that the Air Traffic Control Tower at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach has been removed from the list of more than 150 control towers slated to close nationwide,” said Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone.  “Gabreski is not just any airport – it is home to the famed 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard and Suffolk County Police Medevac Helicopter Unit and is therefore essential to military training and disaster relief efforts.  Furthermore, as a gateway to the East End, the airport is crucial to sustaining the local economy. We owe a debt of thanks to Congressman Tim Bishop and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their unwavering commitment to our county airport.”  

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