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FAA revises plan to cut tower staffing at Rochester airport

By THOMAS ADAMS - 5/8/2013 3:57:47 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration has reversed course and will not cut night-time staffing in the traffic control tower at the Greater Rochester International Airport and others nationwide, officials said Wednesday.

The FAA had announced plans to close towers at 72 airports at midnight and furlough workers as a cost-saving measure because of automatic federal spending cuts related to the sequester.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks spent Tuesday in Washington, D.C., discussing the potential consequences of recent sequester legislation on aviation safety and local jobs.

The full night-time staffing will continue for the rest of 2013, Brooks said in a statement after being informed of the FAA’s stance.

“This is a major victory for our community, and I am hopeful that additional action will also be taken to protect local Airport Improvement Program funding in the near future.”

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