Burlington is planning to rename Vermont’s largest airport in honor of retired U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the city’s Mayor said Monday. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the change on Monday during his state of the city presentation to recognize Leahy’s commitment to the airport, and lifetime of service to the people of Vermont, and his special relationship to Burlington. Leahy, who turned 83 last week, retired from the Senate in January after 48 years. After returning to Vermont from Washington, D.C. he is now living in Burlington. Leahy said he was humbled by the move to name the airport after him and funding for the airport was always a high priority for him during his time on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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