ONEONTA – For years, it was believed that as many as 23,000 takeoffs and landings happened annually at the Albert S. Nader Regional Airport since the 1980s.
In reality, said Zach Staff, McFarland-Johnson Consulting’s regional aviation planning manager, research for an updated airport master plan found annual takeoffs and landings over the last 30 years really averaged about 4,600.
“People would go with the old number and it was just gathered by word of mouth,” said Staff.
Staff and Turner Bradford, senior engineer for the Binghamton-based firm, presented the updated data to Common Council this evening.
“This was the single greatest point of pride in my dad’s life,” said former mayor John Nader, as he accepted a plaque this evening after Common Council unanimously voted to rename the Oneonta Municipal Airport as The Albert S. Nader Regional Airport. Nader, president of SUNY Farmington, who drove up for the event, read a statement from his father, who remarked, “I regret that I am unable to be with you tonight, but I want to thank each and every one of you for bestowing this honor on me.” The vote was broadcast on the city’s Facebook page, allowing Sam to watch from home. With Nader is Mayor Gary Herzig, who presented the idea to Council just before Thanksgiving. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – With the idea of bringing the airport and Wilber Lake Reservoir within city limits, Common Council has invited the public a workshop on annexation Monday, March 27, after the Finance/Human Resources Committee meeting.
The workshop will be conducted by Wade Beltramo, counsel for the NYCOM, the New York State Council of Mayors & Municipal Officials.
The Oneonta Municipal Airport is currently in the Town of Laurens; the reservoir, in the Town of Oneonta.
ONEONTA – Common Council is meeting in special session at 6 p.m. today to consider approving a $68,000 local share to enable a $1 million-plus Federal Aviation Administration grant for runway improvements at the Oneonta Municipal Airport and for updating the airport master plan, last revised in 2003.
The special session was required to meet the FAA grant deadline, according to Airport Commission chair Dennis Finn.