Date: Feb 25, 2010
Press Release Number: 11-2010
Deal Creates and Retains Jobs and Keeps Local Crime Lab in Mid-Hudson Valley
The Port Authority and the New York State Police have agreed on an arrangement to continue critical law enforcement services the State Police now provide at the airport, while retaining a vital on-airport State Police crime lab and the jobs it provides.
Under an agreement approved today by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, the State Police will provide law enforcement services at Stewart Airport for 10 years, beginning on April 1, 2010.
In lieu of payments for these services, the Port Authority will provide for construction of a new crime lab facility on airport property at a cost not to exceed $10 million. This facility provides assistance to local towns in the Hudson Valley – towns that would otherwise have to send their own personnel to Albany to have evidence processed.
New York Governor David Paterson said, “Stewart Airport is a critical component to advancing economic development in the Hudson Valley. This agreement will provide critical law enforcement services to ensure that while the region’s development progresses, the communities of the Hudson Valley will stay safe and secure.”
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said, “The agreement reached today to maintain the State Police Crime Lab on the Stewart Airport campus is great news for the Hudson Valley. It will ensure that local law enforcement officials and municipalities will not be burdened with the additional cost of having forensic lab work done at far away labs and will ensure that investigations in the region move quickly and justice gets served expeditiously.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said, “Stewart Airport is a critical asset for the Hudson Valley that will help revitalize the entire region. As Stewart Airport continues to grow, it is vital that we invest in its infrastructure and resources. The on-airport State Police crime lab will create jobs and will help with economic development in our community while providing law enforcement services for our airport.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This is a win-win-win. Stewart Airport gets the continuity of security services that the State Police provides, the State Police and local towns get a new crime lab and the Hudson Valley retains and creates badly-needed jobs. This is one more sign of the Port Authority’s ongoing commitment to Stewart Airport and the surrounding region. I want to thank Governor Paterson and the State Police for partnering with us on this positive new initiative.”
New York State Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt said, “The State Police values the partnership formed with Stewart Airport authorities over the years and looks forward to cementing an even stronger relationship. The importance of a regional lab to police agencies in the Hudson Valley cannot be overstated. Those conducting criminal investigations particularly rely on lab services for the successful prosecution of narcotics cases.”
New York State Senator Bill Larkin said, “This historic agreement between our state police and the Port Authority ensures that Stewart International Airport remains safe and secure, but it doesn’t stop there. It also provides an enormous benefit to our local communities that will have access to a state-of-the-art crime lab, saving time and money for police departments throughout the district – a welcome relief for our regional economy.”
County Executive Ed Diana said, “I applaud the Port Authority and our State Police for coming to this agreement, which is a win for everyone, especially the people of Orange County. With this commitment, we retain jobs in the Hudson Valley, ease the financial burden on our municipalities, and keep Stewart International Airport a safe place for our citizens. Public safety has always been our number one priority.”
The New York State Police have provided law enforcement services for Stewart Airport since the 1970s. These services are currently provided under a 1990 agreement with the previous airport operator that expires on March 31, 2010. The State Police also maintain a regional crime lab on airport property that is in need of rehabilitation.
The Port Authority took control of Stewart Airport on November 1, 2007, with the purchase of the operating lease from a private firm. The lease runs through 2099.
Stewart Airport covers 2,400 acres and features two parallel runways that can handle major jet service outside of the crowded airspace over Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
John Kelly, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.