RONKONKOMA - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially commissioned a new control tower at Long Island MacArthur Airport today.

The $20 million control tower replaces the old one that's been at the airport since the 1960s.

While FAA Administrator Randy Babbit says the public probably won't notice many changes, the new tower is 50 feet taller than its predecessor and features state-of-the-art technology that will enable the airport to handle more air traffic.

The hope is that the new tower will attract more airlines to the airport, which is already the fifth busiest in the state.

The Town of Islip says the old tower will eventually be torn down and replaced with an emergency preparation center, which will include a new firehouse for the airport.