Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Police arrested a Jamaica Hills man on Sept. 24 for allegedly shining a high-powered laser beam into an NYPD helicopter flying over the area looking for a suspect in an assault case.
“I put the helicopter in hover and all of a sudden I see, out of the corner of my eye, a bright green light that illuminated the cockpit,” said Officer Tarek Otero, the pilot.
The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.
Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
Residents of Southeast Queens are expecting to hear this week how the Port Authority will respond to their appeal of plans to move runway operations closer to residential neighborhoods.
Attorney Clyde Vanel, who filed the appeal in federal court in New York City on behalf of the Eastern Queens Alliance back in March, sought to dispel the thought that residents are just anti-airport.
Seated in a large rectangular configuration in a giant hangar at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport, the Queens Aviation roundtable members reconvened last Wednesday to discuss noise, flight procedures, and plan for the future of the body.
Ed Knoesel, manager of Environmental Services for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, chaired the meeting and updated members on the newly created Noise Office, which is hiring staff. The PA is still placing noise monitors and would like site suggestions from community members in relatively quiet residential areas. He noted that Queens Quiet Skies has already provided a lengthy list based on flight routes and procedures. Two were placed recently, one of which is in Bayside, and the PA can purchase up to 36 more portable monitors.