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Westchester County Airport - Issues of Interest  
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Summary:

 

Rye Brook residents should be alerted to several issues of interest that are currently under consideration by the Westchester County Executive and the Westchester County Board of Legislators regarding the future of the Westchester County Airport (the Airport). 

 

These issues of interest include consideration of the following items:

 

1)      Seeking proposals to Privatize the Airport.

2)      Submission of a Final Draft Master Plan for the Airport

3)      Previously proposed modifications of the Terminal Use Agreement regarding passenger limits (note: this last item is currently not under consideration although it was considered in 2016).

 

The Village of Rye Brook has been very active expressing concerns with these issues as they impact our community.  Copies of letters expressing our concerns have also been shared with surrounding communities, as well as invitations to attend informational public sessions held in Rye Brook on issues such as the request for proposals for private operators of the Westchester County Airport.

 

Notification of Westchester County Officials:

 

Below please find a summary of several of the major issues.  Links to important documents are also provided.  Residents are urged to review these documents and provide any comments to:

 

Hon. David B. Gelfarb (Rye Brook representative)

Westchester County Legislator, 6th Leg. District

800 Michaelian Office Building

148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

Email: Gelfarb@westchesterlegislators.com

 

Hon. Robert P. Astorino

Westchester County Executive

148 Martine Avenue, 9th Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

Email: ce@westchestergov.com

 

Michael B. Kaplowitz, Chair, and

Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators

800 Michaelian Office Building

148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

Email: Kaplowitz@westchesterlegislators.com

 

Please provide copies of any correspondence to:

Mayor Rosenberg and Board of Trustees

Village of Rye Brook

938 King Street

Rye Brook, NY 10573

Email: cbradbury@ryebrook.org

 

1)     Westchester County Airport - Privatization RFP:

Westchester County has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek interested private operators for the Westchester County Airport. 

 

The Village of Rye Brook hosted a public meeting on May 31st in Village Hall where representatives of Westchester County discussed the RFP process.  This meeting was arranged by Westchester County Legislator David Gelfarb and was hosted by the Village of Rye Brook Airport Advisory Council.  The RFP consultant explained the RFP and the process.  The RFP has already been issued and responses are due to the County by July 14, 2017. Westchester County is planning on making a decision on the privatization issue before the end of the 2017 calendar year.

 

Please visit the following link to view the May 31, 2017 meeting agenda and meeting video:

https://ryebrook.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=214

 

Please visit the following link to view the original Westchester County RFP: http://www.westchestergov.com/Rfp/pdfdocs/WestchesterCountyPPP_RFP.pdf

 

Please visit the following link to view the Westchester County RFP addendas:

http://rfp.westchestergov.com/rfp/rfps.jsp

 

Please visit the following link to view the 11-28-2016 comments from the Village of Rye Brook on the County's prior proposed Airport privatization lease with Oaktree (in 2016- not currently under consideration pending the outcome of the current RFP):
http://www.ryebrook.org/Documents/11-28-2016%20RB%20Comments%20on%20WC%20Airport%20Lease.pdf

 

2)      Westchester County Airport - Final Draft Master Plan:

The Westchester County Airport Final Draft Master Plan is now available on the County web site at the following link: http://airport.westchestergov.com/general-information/news-and-public-notices

 

Residents are urged to review this planning document which is an update to the last Airport Master Plan Update prepared in December 1986.

 

According to the reports Executive Summary, [t]he purpose of the Master Plan Update is to provide a framework for guiding future Airport development that meets facility requirements and is in line with the Countys vision. (Executive Summary, p.i)

 

3)      Previously Proposed County Legislation Modifying the Airport Terminal Use Agreement:

 

In 2016, the Village of Rye Brook was very concerned about the impacts of legislation proposed by the County of Westchester that would have significantly modified the long-standing Terminal Use Agreement at the Westchester County Airport and would have resulted in dramatic changes to this regional Airport hub. The proposed legislation would have changed the commercial passenger limit at the airport from 240 passengers per half hour to 11,520 passengers per day.  The major concern was that this change would bring a significant increase in flights and passengers at the airport.
 
Below please find links to a letter from Rye Brook Mayor Rosenberg along with a resolution unanimously approved by the Rye Brook Village Board on Feb. 23, 2017 as well as other background documents from the County on this subject.

  

1.      Rye Brook 02-25-2016 Letter & Resolution - WC Airport - TUA

2.      Modification to Airport Terminal Use Procedures, Local Law

3.      Modification to Airport Terminal Use Procedures, Environmental Resolution

4.      Modification to Airport Terminal Use Procedures, Public Hearing Resn., Committee Report

 

Updated and combined on 06/12/2017

 


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