The county Board of Legislators’ Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday evening to move a resolution that would rename the airport “Oneida County-Griffiss International Airport.”“Oneida County-Griffiss International Airport.” It almost takes one's breath away!
After the laughter from Syracuse (and maybe locally) dies down, the OC Board of Legislators needs to reconsider their proposed name.
In his letter, Picente suggested calling the airport Griffiss International Airport.I actually find myself agreeing with the County Executive on this. "Oneida County-Griffiss International Airport" is too cumbersome. "Griffiss" has historical significance and already enjoys name recognition on its own among aviators (the market for the facility) - recognition that does not need to be diluted by "Oneida County." Lastly, "Griffiss" signifies something bigger than "Rome," bigger than "Utica-Rome" and even bigger than "Oneida & Herkimer Counties" combined, because all of these are far to small to justify such a huge airport (and, more than likely, to keep it going financially).
A few years ago, some Syracuse-area legislators actually suggested that Griffiss be used as an alternative to their own Hancock International for air cargo, in order to avoid having to make some expensive additions and impacts to their neighborhoods. It's unknown if those additions were ever made, but if they were not, there's Griffiss' market: all of Central New York, from Auburn to Canajoharie including Greater Syracuse, Greater Utica, and Rome. And think again if you think that a "regional" airport will not receive support. People in Greater Binghamton, Elmira-Corning, and Ithaca are considering jettisoning their respective airports in favor of a centrally located regional one.
"Oneida County"-Griffiss International is too provincial.
Griffiss (alone) is a name that all of Central New York can identify with. . . .
(. . . and maybe our friends in Syracuse will stop laughing if they think about the possibilities. . . .)