HANNON DECLARES VICTORY IN AIRCRAFT NOISE BATTLE
Governor to Direct Port Authority to Conduct Noise Studies
“The noise generated by overflights at JFK and LaGuardia Airports has increased steadily over time,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Earlier this year I introduced 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, and it was passed by both houses of the Legislature.”
Hannon’s legislation would require the PA to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study as set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 150, which would then be submitted to the Governors and Legislatures of New York and New Jersey. It would require the PA to hold biennial public hearings at which the public would be heard regarding aircraft noise issues. In order to undertake the study, the New Jersey legislature would have to pass this legislation as well.
“Because New Jersey has not enacted companion legislation, Governor Cuomo, at my request, has directed the PA to conduct the study outlined in my bill” said Hannon. “His directive will have the PA conduct noise studies that meet the requirements of Part 150 for LaGuardia and JFK, and establish a community roundtable for airport noise and related issues in collaboration with the FAA.”
Since 2000, when Congress passed legislation to remove slot restrictions at JFK, the full impact has gradually worsened. 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 grateful to Governor Cuomo for hearing my pleas and those of the residents of Nassau County,” said Hannon. “After years of repeated calls to address the noise issue, we will finally get a noise study and bring about ways to safely reduce the impact of airplane overflights in our community.”