If there’s one thing we should be able to get bi-partisan consensus on, it’s that we need to promote economic growth and keep jobs in our community. That’s why, when news surfaced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was considering moving two air traffic control centers from Long Island to another part of the state as part of a new facility, I stood up against those efforts along with our bi-partisan Long Island Congressional delegation.
It’s simply common sense for the FAA to build a new, integrated, state of the art Air Traffic Control system for New York’s airports on Long Island. By keeping the site in our region, we can not only create more than 1,000 construction jobs, but will also retain more than 850 highly-skilled FAA jobs in our region. This project combines several FAA sites under one roof to more effectively use resources.
This is the time to promote and develop new jobs on Long Island – not let talented, well-paying jobs leave the region. I will continue to stand up for the thousands of middle-class air traffic control, aviation and construction workers to protect Long Island workers.
For more information on my efforts, visit http://israel.house.gov.