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      Midnight control tower shifts at Syracuse Hancock Airport will not be eliminated

      Syracuse Hancock International Airport

      Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not eliminate midnight shifts at Syracuse Hancock International Airportâ??s air traffic control tower in the 2013 fiscal year.

      In March, the federal government placed Hancock on a list of New York airports where they were considering closing control towers or eliminating the midnight shifts due to automatic federal budget cuts. Mayor Miner called on the FAA to keep the overnight shift at Hancock, citing extreme weather conditions as one of the reasons to keep the shift.

      Mayor Miner says she is pleased that the FAA has decided to preserve the midnight shift and thanked Maffei for his efforts.

      "This airport is an economic lifeline for all of Central New York and it is growing. By keeping the midnight shift, we ensure the safety and dependability of Hancock to the flying public," said Mayor Miner. "I would like to thank Congressman Dan Maffei for being a valuable and strong partner in our effort to fight for the future of Syracuseâ??s airport."

      "Our airport is an important economic anchor that is vital to Central New Yorkâ??s economy. Improving our air service is an important priority. Thatâ??s why I voted for a bill last week that stopped the furloughs and widespread flight delays," said Maffei in a media statement. "Preventing the elimination of these shifts was an all-hands-on-deck effort and is an example of how when we work together as community we can achieve results and get things done."