Vote in Favor of New Authority at Bradley

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Senate has voted to create a new quasi-public Connecticut Airport Authority to run Bradley International Airport and the state’s general aviation airports.

Under the bill, which unanimously passed the Senate on Saturday, the management and operation of Bradley and the five other regional airports will be transferred from the Department of Transportation to the new authority. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said an independent authority is needed to reduce bureaucratic red tape and respond more quickly to market changes in the aviation industry.

Besides the DOT, other agencies and various boards currently oversee the airports.

East Hartford Sen. Gary LeBeau says Bradley holds great economic potential for the state. He says there have been missed opportunities over the years.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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