The airport has been a bone of contention for decades. Some claim it's used by only an elite few who act as if they own it-- so why not let them.
The airport was shrouded in controversy back in the 80's and 90's when neighbors complained that planes flew in and out all night-- along with some interesting vehicle traffic.
Many presumed that drugs were being transported via the airport, and before long, apparently the authorities did too.
For months, a man would go sit in the airport lounge, drinking coffee. No one knew what he was doing there and no one asked, after all, it's a public place.
Chuck Ely, who was somewhat of a fixture at the airport before becoming airport coordinator in 1989, did become suspicious after a while and it wasn't long before it was learned that the mysterious man was Peter Andreoli, a state prosecutor and the man who brought down then-mayor of Syracuse Lee Alexander.
Things quieted down real quickly at the airport-- for a few years. Then, the middle-of-the-night activity started again. Ely kept close watch when the complaints came rolling in.
When Ely was confronted in the mid-1990's about drug running from the airport, he promised it would stop. And he kept his word. He knew it was going on but he, being a loyal Republican, wasn't in a position to blow anyone in. It was something that he would later say he regretted.
Just like a plane, some things go full circle. Timing. It's all about timing.