Newark - U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced more than $1 million in federal funds for New Jersey airports in Teterboro, West Milford, Caldwell and Somerville. These funds will be made available as grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

"It is critical that New Jersey's airports have the resources they need to ensure travelers get to their destinations safely-and on time," Sen. Lautenberg said. "These funds will help improve and modernize our local airports so they can meet future travel and public safety demands."

"Ensuring the safety of travelers is of critical importance, and these funds will go directly into improving the safety of our airport runways and infrastructure," said Sen. Menendez. "This is a win-win for travelers and for the economic development of the region."

The four airports will receive a total of $1,026,350:

· Teterboro Airport will receive $45,000 to evaluate obstructions on runways, ensuring pilots can land their planes more safely;

· Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford will receive $261,350 to install and upgrade runway lighting, and expand the parking apron to increase aircraft capacity;

· Essex County Airport in Caldwell will receive $570,000 to repair the parking apron and remove runway obstructions; and

· Somerset Airport in Somerville will receive $150,000 to repair deteriorated portions of the parking apron.

Over the past month, Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $15.2 million in federal funding for upgrades and repairs at airports across New Jersey.