(Cleveland) - The Federal Aviation Administration announced this afternoon that it will delay the closure of all 149 federal air traffic towers until June 15, 2013.

One of the reasons they give for the delay was resolving the multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions.

Last week, Cuyahoga County was one of the first communities in the nation to file an Emergency Request for Stay of the FAA decision and to file a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

"We were one of the first and few communities in the nation to take legal action against the FAA’s decision” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

He told Newsradio WTAM 1100, “The legal challenges brought by Cuyahoga County and other jurisdictions recognized the serious consequences of air traffic tower closures. We appreciate that the FAA has now validated our concerns. We will continue to pursue all legal options and look forward making to our case.”

CFitzGerald isn't sure if this development will help the county win its legal case, but believes more affected communities may now decide to join their lawsuit.

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