Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter is on the hot seat for her role in a contract between the State of Vermont and Ariel Quiros to operate the airport here. She signed a renewal for Q Resorts to operate the Northeast Kingdom International Airport in late January of 2015.
The $54,400 contract expired June 30, 2016, and was not renewed by the state.
Bringing the issue to the forefront in recent days is one of Minter’s opponents for the Democratic nomination for governor, Matt Dunne.
Dunne fired off a letter to Minter, stating his campaign had received “the sole sourced contract executed between the State of Vermont and Ariel Quiros to operate the Newport State Airport, a contract you signed as Secretary of Transportation.”
Dunne states that he and Minter both have urged for transparency and release of state communications related to the meltdown of the Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative which Quiros was the mastermind of, as well as principal owner in seven partnerships at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain.
“This contract was signed well after the administration had raised concerns internally, after related projects had been shut down, and after experienced businesspeople like Tony Pomerleau had walked away from deals with these individuals,” asserts Dunne. “I am not an expert on state airport contracts, and given that fact, and in the name of transparency, I’m hopeful you can provide further information,” in response to questions, he wrote.
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