Indeed on Tweed

It took years of battles and negotiations, but East Haven and New Haven have finally struck a deal over Tweed Airport and its plan to increase service.

"This is monumental!" Sen. Len Fasano said.

The deal resolves differences that would have kept a bill to add funding for the airport from getting through the general assembly.

The deal limits runways at the current length of 5,600 feet, the New Haven Register reports.

The agreement increases Tweed's representation on the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority and seek state funds to compensate East Haven and airport neighbors in both communities.

State funding amounts to $2 million this year.  Fasano and Sen. Martin Looney expect to give it to the airport, though neither will say it's a sure thing.

One of the things agreed on in the deal is to settle current litigation. East Haven will withdraw its appeals of state and federal court decisions in Tweed's favor.

There is excitement over the agreement but nothing is a done deal until the agreement is signed.

One goal is to get Tweed back to where it was in the early 1990s, when it had four airlines flying to destinations.

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