MacArthur Airport Tower in Trouble

Air traffic controllers at MacArthur say conditions at the building, and blind spots on taxiways, pose hazard.

JUNE 26 Sen. Charles Schumer asks the U.S. attorney general to look into the funding of the airport expansion to determine whether taxpayers were cheated. This is in response to a Newsday story detailing that at least $65.2 million in public funds were being spent on the project.

JUNE 30 Newsday reports that work had not begun on a $1-million ventilation system upgrade approved a year earlier.

JULY 6 Islip officials cannot locate records to prove fire inspections were done at the airport.

AUG. 1 Newsday reports that an Islip fire marshal warned the town of fire hazards more than two years earlier, but the town did not begin addressing them until they became public in June.

AUG. 2 Islip town engineer Steven Rizzo pleads guilty to criminal charges for allowing an airport restaurant to open in violation of state fire-safety codes. The restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's, closes.

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