Albany, New York and the entire country have benefited greatly from general aviation and our local airports. For all of us in Upstate and rural New York, it provides a literal lifeline that connects communities that may otherwise not have air service with commerce, medical care and a broad range of services and resources. Gov. Andrew Cuomo even recognized the contributions of this industry recently by proclaiming the month of May “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In doing this, he has highlighted the vital importance of aviation and general aviation in New York. General aviation should be valued and supported in New York and across the county.