It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and pollution problems of aircraft flying over our communities. The governor ordered the Port Authority to increase the number of noise monitors keeping track of violations of the allowable noise levels of aircraft and to carry out a Part 150 noise study to see how noise from aircraft is affecting residents. He also called for the establishment of roundtables where community representatives and officials would meet regularly to discuss aircraft noise and flight pattern concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration would need to cooperate and participate in these measures.
This is just the beginning of the process to mitigate the noise issue. Those involved in this fight must monitor that all of the conditions and requests ordered by the governor are followed through over time and appropriate action is taken by the powers that be.
In the meantime, the residents of our area owe a great deal of thanks for the effort put forth so far. Janet McEneaney, Bob Whitehair and all of the people involved with Queens Quiet Skies have been extraordinary. Visit their website at queensquietskies.org to see what you can do to aid in their efforts.
Locally, Community Board 11 Aviation Committee co-chairs Andrew Rothman and Joan Garippa have worked hard on this issue along side former Chairman Jerry Iannece and the other members of the board. Our local elected leaders including Congress members Meng, Israel and Crowley, Sen. Avella and Assembly member Braunstein have all stepped up to the plate and spoken out and acted upon this problem. Gov. Cuomo should be complimented for listening to the concerns of his constituents.
On May 3, the Bayside Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a gala honoring several people who have served our communities well. One of those being honored is McEneaney of Queens Quiet Skies. You can call the Society at (718) 352-1548 for information and details if you would like to attend. Also being honored are former Sen. Frank Padavan, Sister Kathleen Masterson of Sacred Heart Church, Rosemarie Ryan-Harrison, Dr. Gary Bram and the Brown/Wettingfeld family, who helped found the Bayside Historical Society back in 1964. Everyone is invited to purchase a ticket to attend this community celebration to be held at the “Castle” on Fort Totten!