You are reading

Gov. Cuomo Celebrates New LaGuardia Airport Hall in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Gov. Andrew Cuomo cuts the ribbon off the new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

June 10, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted his daily coronavirus briefing in Queens today to celebrate the opening of LaGuardia Airport’s new arrivals and departures hall.

The state-of-the-art 840,000-square-foot facility in Terminal B opens Saturday and is just one part of the airport’s $8 billion revamp Cuomo announced in 2015.

Cuomo said major infrastructure projects, like the new LaGuardia Airport, will “energize” the state’s reopening from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

“Our goal is not to just reopen, our goal is to stimulate this economy, to take this moment of pause as a moment to pivot and stimulate and regrow better than before,” he said.

“LaGuardia Airport — now is the time to actually double down on our commitment and on our effort.”

The governor said the state will capitalize the moment of reduced activity as less people are traveling and commuting and less people will be affected by service reductions due to construction.

“Now is the time to do large scale development projects,” Cuomo said. “Now is the time you want to see government investing, the private sector investing in building large scale developments that you know can help drive economic growth.”

Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority, said the new hall is the biggest milestone of the new airport construction since workers broke ground four years ago.

“Today we celebrate the opening of this new arrivals and departures hall, the most significant milestone to date towards the realization toward Governor Cuomo’s vision,” he said.

The four-story facility is 50 percent larger than the old one it replaces. It features gift shops and concession stands from iconic New York brands like F.A.O. Schwarz, Junior’s and Eli Zabar.

Once completed, LaGuardia Airport will be the first new airport in the U.S. in more than 25 years, Cotton said.

LaGuardia Terminal B (LaGuardia Gateway Partners)

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Mob of young people ransack Flushing boutique minutes after robbing man at knifepoint on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing are still looking for more than a dozen young people who allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint on Roosevelt Avenue and then pulled a smash-and-grab minutes later, looting a store of tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise last month.

The mob of more than a dozen men and women surrounded a 38-year-old man in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and Union Street in the early morning of Monday, April 22. Several of the suspects threatened the victim with knives and some of the individuals menaced him with sticks before they forcibly removed his wallet, which contained $700 in cash, police said, adding that the victim was not injured during the incident.

South Richmond Hill man busted for allegedly groping woman on board bus near Forest Park: NYPD

A South Richmond Hill man was arrested on Monday and booked at the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill for groping a woman on a bus near the eastern edge of Forest Park earlier this month.

Edwin Guzman, 38, of 112th Street, is accused of approaching a 26-year-old victim who was on board an MTA Q37 bus near the intersection of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue on the morning of Wednesday, May 1.

Mayor announces new 9/11 memorial will be built in Whitestone to honor fallen service members from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts

Queens will be home to the city’s new memorial dedicated to the 99 service members from the borough who lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the events of 9/11, Mayor Eric Adams announced during a Fleet Week kickoff reception at City Hall on Thursday morning.

The borough of Queens was chosen because it is home to the largest number of post-9/11 service members who were killed in action during those conflicts. Queens is also home to the highest population of living veterans than any other borough.

Two men sentenced to life imprisonment in murder-for-hire of perceived business rival at Flushing karaoke club

The president of a Manhattan-based construction company and a California man were sentenced to life in prison in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday for orchestrating the murder of a businessman at a Flushing karaoke bar in 2019.

Qing Ming “Allen” Yu, 55, of Oyster Bay, and Zhe “Zack” Zhang, 35, of Arcadia, Calif., were convicted by a federal jury in October following a two-week trial for the contract killing of 31-year-old Xin “Chris” Gu, who worked at Yu’s company before becoming his business rival. The jury found the defendants guilty of murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire conspiracy for hiring a hitman to gun the victim down outside the Grand Slam KTV bar on Fowler Avenue