Feb. 12, 2021
NBAA has joined local business and transportation leaders in urging New York policymakers to reject any efforts that would threaten thousands of jobs across the state.
The coalition is urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue his strong support of the Aviation Jobs Act (AJA), which has increased the state’s economic competitiveness with its neighbors.
New York had lost more than 700 job- and income-generating aircraft over the decade prior to the AJA becoming law in 2015; since then, its tax incentives have sparked a flurry of activity in the state’s general aviation industry, including the creation of over 5.5 million jobs and $1 million in annual economic impact for each aircraft based in the state.
“From new high-skill aeromedical jobs in Schenectady to major infrastructure investments in Plattsburgh, we’ve seen firsthand how the AJA has revitalized the Empire State’s aviation industry,” said NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Brittany Davies. “It’s been a perfect example of common-sense policy that delivers results, and hopefully New York lawmakers will continue to see its immense value to the state.”
NBAA expressed its support for this essential policy by signing on to a letter from the New York Aviation Management Association to Cuomo.
The letter highlights the bill’s success in creating well-paying jobs across the state and its critical role in bolstering the pandemic-affected industry, explaining that “[p]reserving the AJA is pivotal if the aviation sector is to weather the current challenges facing airports in New York, particularly those upstate and in Long Island.”