He emphasized that the reorganization is not negative " it's necessary because of the current economic situation.
"It's the new reality; it's the way it's going to be now and probably for quite some time to come," he said. "Who knows when things will ever fully get back on their feet again, but that's the way it is."
Susan Savage, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, said the reorganization will "generate significant savings for county taxpayers by reducing costs and improving efficiency."
"It will also enhance our economic development efforts at the airport and bring new business opportunities to the Airport Business Park," said Savage in a statement.
One business that is coming to the airport is Fortitech, a Schenectady-based company that makes nutrient mixes for foods and drinks. The company bought 20 acres of land at the airport for $1.05 million and is finishing construction on a 48,000-square-foot facility. As part of the reorganization at the airport, the Schenectady County Department of Economic Development and Planning will take on additional responsibilities to coordinate efforts to develop other sites on county-owned land at the Airport Business Park.