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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 6:04 pm | Updated: 2:36 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Port Authority officials have reopened the public comment period for the proposed widening and relocation of a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport after residents and civic groups in southeast Queens decried a lack of public notice.

The PA wants to move Runway 4L-22R more than 3,000 feet to the north, while adding a 1,000-foot-long, 500-foot-wide safety zone on the northern end. The runway would be widened by 150 to 200 feet, while the operational length would remain at 11,351 feet.

The original public comment period closed in June, though on Thursday night PA officials reopened it until Nov. 1. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Eastern Queens Alliance with more than 200 people in attendance. 

Residents of Rosedale, Laurelton and other neighborhoods spoke at the meeting, saying the PA's choice for posting a public notice for comment — New York City editions of Newsday — may have met legal requirements but was not satisfactory for informing them of a project with potential to increase noise and pollution in some areas.

Most residents on Thursday consider the project, which would cost $500 million, to be a fait accompli. But PA officials said the a final report on the proposal, which will include all comments received from Queens residents and organizations, must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Written comments can be submitted to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 225 Park Ave. South, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

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