Turboprop Owner Pulls Donation Over ‘Turmoil’ At NA Airport
The largest business at Harriman and West Airport in North Adams is threatening to pull funding for a planned administrative building and file suit against the city over what it referred to as "turmoil" caused by convicted rapist Alex Kelly.
IBerkshires.com reports that in a letter sent to the Airport Commission, Harry Patten Jr., owner of Turboprop East, expressed frustration that the fuel-farm lease for his company still had not been signed because the commission was embroiled with what he called an individual of dubious character which is preventing them from properly functioning.
Patten had pledged $200,000 toward the construction of a fixed-base operator, or administrative building, two years ago. He calls in his letter for the city to appoint a new commission that can (in his words) act professionally.