NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYOFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTASFor Immediate ReleaseApril 10, 2013Contact: Jim McFadden, 718-545-3889
Simotas meets with Port Authority at LaGuardia Airport toDiscuss Refurbishment and Expansion Impact
Upcoming redevelopment will revitalize LGA and infuse local economy
QUEENS, N.Y.—Wednesday morning, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas metwith the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) officials at LaGuardiaInternational Airport to discuss the airport’s upcoming redevelopment plans and anyimpact the eight-year construction project would have upon quality of life in WesternQueens.From 2013 until 2021, LaGuardia will see the complete reconstruction of its mainterminal structure, the addition of a new parking garage, and revamped utilitiesstructures, roadways, and bridges. According to data provided by the PANYNJ, the large-scale project will address future needs to accommodate a dramatic projected increase in passenger traffic at the airport.“LaGuardia is one of the largest employers and generators of economic activity inQueens,” Simotas said. “However, the well-being of residents of the neighborhoodssurrounding the airport should not be sacrificed for the needs of the nearly 30 million passengers who use LGA every year.”PANYNJ officials briefed Simotas on the details and proposed impact of theredevelopment project. According to projections, over the next eight years a total of $4.2 billion in economic activity would be generated along with the direct creation of over 6,000 jobs in Queens.Simotas then toured the airport grounds with the PANYNJ’s Tom Bosco and BrianSimon in order to visualize the facility improvements and see first-hand the varioussafety and security enhancements slated to be expanded with the upcoming construction.