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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Common Council continues to debate the idea of bringing an airport authority to Syracuse to help save on costs at Hancock International Airport.

A meeting was held this morning to bring the councilors up to speed on the plan that has been in talks for the better part of a decade. The proposal was scheduled to be voted on last week, but leaders postponed when it became clear there were not enough votes to pass.

Patrick Hogan, who heads up the Council Aviation Committee, says many of the issues people have are speculative and while Monday's meeting was meant to address some of those issues, he says the main thing is that an authority would mean saving money.

"Just the tax agreement alone is a savings of a half million dollars so I don't see us not cutting costs. And I think we'd have a genuine chance to lower ticket prices," said Patrick Hogan, Council Aviation Committee Chairman.

A vote on the airport authority has not yet been rescheduled. Hogan says if it does pass the council and the state legislature a service agreement would have to be worked out between the authority and the city. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP