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Changes to airport security may be coming to Massena Airport

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MASSENA - While he said he can’t disclose exactly what the potential changes may be, Massena Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said changes may soon be coming to the way security is handled at the airport.

“We recently met with the Transportation Security Administration to discuss law enforcement at the airport,” he said.

Mr. Gray said a number of possibilities were discussed, and there will likely be some changes in the the law enforcement presence is provided at the airport.

“We cannot get into the details, because it is a matter of security,” he said, adding officials with TSA had asked him not to discuss the changes publicly. “We don’t want to help the bad guys.”

In December the town board and village boards agreed to a six-month extension on a contract with the village to provide police officers to staff the airport during incoming and outgoing flights each day.

That deal called for the village to be paid $68.85 per day for the service.

Mr. Gray said the bulk of that money is paid for through reimbursements from TSA, however, the rate the town agreed to pay is slightly higher than what the government will reimburse for.

“It wasn’t a lot, so we agreed to make up the difference,” he said.

That six-month extension expires on June 30, and Mr. Gray said he is hoping to have new security measures in place by that time.

“The new arrangement will give the Massena Police Department greater flexibility and will enable security needs at the airport to be maintained in a manner that may be more cost effective,” he said.

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