HANNON URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN AIRCRAFT NOISE LEGISLATION
“The noise generated by overflights at JFK, LaGuardia and Liberty Airports has increased steadily over time,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “My legislation to require the Port Authority (PA) to conduct a noise study to ensure aircraft noise is given proper consideration by airport operators to determine which runways and approach paths to use has now been passed by both houses of the Legislature. I am calling upon Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law.”
Hannon’s legislation, S.3841, and its Assembly counterpart (A.7697), would require the PA to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study as set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 150. That report would then be submitted to the Governors and Legislatures of New York and New Jersey, and would require the PA to hold biennial public hearings at which the public would be heard regarding aircraft noise issues.
“Residents across my district, from as far away as Massapequa, nearly 25 miles from JFK, have written of their frustrations, and are rightfully upset over what they believe to be an unfair distribution of overflights,” said Hannon. “Data have shown that in summer months, Nassau County sometimes receives a disproportionate amount of air traffic overhead, and this frequently occurs during summer months when most folks are likely to have windows open and are thus doubly impacted by the noise.”
While safety is of course paramount, federal aviation regulations do provide a mechanism for considering the issue of aircraft noise and developing a plan to address noise issues that impact the surrounding neighborhoods. Since 2000, when Congress passed legislation to remove slot restrictions at JFK, the full impact has gradually worsened, and four serious issues raised remain unresolved: 1) the volume of air traffic; 2) the altitude of flights; 3) the use of non-precision landings; and 4) the persistence of night time arrivals between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am.
“I’m calling upon the Governor to ink this bill into law,” said Hannon. “The State of New Jersey, which also has purview over the Port Authority, must also pass legislation to require the noise study, and New York should lead the way.”