The entire Queens delegation in Congress, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have signed a letter urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create a regional Airport Advisory Committee.
The Port Authority operates John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey along with smaller regional fields.
The letter to PANYNJ Executive Director Patrick Foye, dated Tuesday, said no formal advisory committee exists for residents and business owners to express how they are affected by airport operations.
“An official forum is necessary so that all concerns are heard and stakeholders can discuss viable solutions that will meet the needs of the aviation industry and our constituents,” the letter said.
Members of the House of Representatives who signed include Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx), Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Steve Israel (D-Queens, LI), Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), Gregory Meeks (D-Queens and Nassau), Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn and Queens), Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau), Jose Serrano (D-Bronx), Eliot Engel (D-Bronx and Westchester) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan and Brooklyn).
“It is simple common sense to say that the largest metropolitan area in the country should have an airport advisory committee like the one we are proposing, a body that would help increase the quality of life for locals,” Schumer said.
The letter states that similar committees are working with success in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia.
Israel, whose district abuts LaGuardia, said such a committee would give residents a seat at the table to address their concerns about noise, pollution, traffic and other matters.