Proclamations & Resolutions
Watertown, NY 2016
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  • PROCLAMATION

    WHEREAS, the City of Watertown in the State of New York has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations and community airports; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation and the Watertown International Airport have an immense economic impact on the City of Watertown; and

    WHEREAS, according to the New York Department of Transportation Aviation Bureau, there are 108 public-use general aviation airports in New York. The FAA reports that these airports 16,267 pilots and 5,116 active general aviation aircraft; and

    WHEREAS, FAA data shows that New York is home to 118 repair stations, 11 FAA-approved pilot schools, 2,617 flight instructors and 4,108 student pilots. In addition, there are 75 fixed-base operators in the state, according to the comprehensive AC-U-KWIK directory. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 587 heliports in New York; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation airports in New York account for 37,800 jobs and over $2.9 billion in labor income; and

    WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports New York’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely; and

    WHEREAS, the nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit, and Congressional oversight should be in place to ensure stable funding of this system;

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Joseph M. Butler, Jr., Mayor of the City of Watertown, do hereby proclaim general aviation a vital strategic resource to the City of Watertown and declare May as

    GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH

    in Watertown and do most sincerely ask that all resident join me in recognizing the positive impact of the aviation industry.

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