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Nashua woman's service to FAA and air safety cited

NASHUA — To help honor a Nashua woman’s 50 years of public service, New Hampshire Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Anne Kuster called on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to allow a vote on legislation that would rename Nashua’s air traffic control center. If approved, the legislation would designate the air route traffic control center as the Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center.

“Patty Clark has dedicated her career to public service, and her commitment to serving her community is a model for us all. Patty sets the gold standard for federal employees, and it’s people like her who make the Granite State such a wonderful place to live and raise a family,” said Kuster.

According to Kuster and Shea-Porter’s letter, Clark, who has worked at the center since it opened in the 1960s, is responsible for administrative functions including scheduling, travel arrangements, and payroll, and has never taken a sick day during her entire tenure working for the federal government.

Kuster and Shea-Porter’s bill is a companion measure to a bill that was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, and Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.

“I am honored to join the entire New Hampshire delegation in commending Patty’s 50 years of service at the Nashua Air Traffic Control Center, and look forward to visiting the center once it is officially renamed,” Kuster said.

Don Davidson, chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Airport Authority of the Nashua Municipal Airport, was careful to mention that the bill does not refer to the air traffic control tower at the airport, but a separate air route traffic control center installation controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration several miles from the airport.

“Air traffic control centers are for airplanes that fly at high altitudes, they have to be in line with control centers across the country at all times,” Davidson said.

Davidson went on to say that the currently named Boston Air Traffic Control Center moved from Logan Airport in Boston to Nashua in the 1960s due to the federal governments intent to disperse necessary infrastructure components during the Cold War.

“This bipartisan, no-cost legislation would honor a model federal employee who has dedicated her life to public service, and we hope that you will schedule H.R. 1092 for consideration by the full House of Representatives in the very near future,” Shea-Porter and Kuster wrote in their letter to Cantor.


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