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Airport wins $1.35 million in grants

WASHINGTON – Buffalo Niagara International Airport has won $1.35 million in federal grants to replace an outdated water line and design a new aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the airport, received the grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The larger of the two grants, $867,170, will be used to built a new 4,900-foot water line on the west side of the airport to replace waterlines that were built in 1943 and 1970. Kandey Co. of West Seneca has been awarded the bid to construct the water line.

In addition, the airport received a grant of $480,562 that will be used to design the new rescue and firefighting building, which will protect emergency response equipment and bring the airport into compliance with safety regulations.

Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., along with Reps. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Chris Collins, R-Clarence, announced the grants on Tuesday.