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It may not be peak birding season, but those who enjoy looking at the feathered fauna in the borough should grab their coats and goggles and head for Jamaica Bay.
The snowy owl is showing up in droves around the bay as of late.
Just two days after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an $8 billion upgrade to La Guardia and Newark airports, Vice President Joe Biden slammed La Guardia as looking like something out of the “Third World.”
Speaking of the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure last Thursday in Pennsylvania, the vice president said that if you blindfolded people and brought them to Hong Kong’s airport, they would think they’re in the United States.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to reopen the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, a landmarked building that has been closed to the public since 2001.
Persistence is beginning to pay off for contract workers at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, with the Port Authority and Delta Air Lines agreeing to grant pay increases.
The workers are employed by companies who contract out services such as security, maintenance and custodial and cleaning services for the PA and individual airlines.
The United States was a very different place 50 years ago. Phones had cords, televisions had just a handful of channels, a computer was the size of a room and the Winter Olympics, which had just wrapped up in Austria, had 34 events, a fraction of the number underway in Russia.
But if there is one thing that hasn’t changed in 50 years, it’s the popularity of four boys from Liverpool, England — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — who first exploded on the world scene back then singing nicely about their desire to hold hands with a girl and the Fab Four first stepped foot on American soil right here in Queens.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye stands with Pan Am stewardesses who were working for the airline in 1964, including Jill Kellogg, far right, who flew with The Beatles on their flight from London to New York 50 years ago.
Just two days after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an $8 billion upgrade to La Guardia and Newark airports, Vice President Joe Biden slammed La Guardia as looking like something out of the "Third World."
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s legislation that would prevent hazardous materials from being dumped into Jamaica Bay and limit the risk of water contamination passed the state Assembly last week and awaits a vote in the state Senate.
“This legislation is not only vital to protect the waters of Jamaica Bay from hazardous dumping, but it will ensure that thousands of endangered bird species and wildlife remain safe,” said Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in announcing Assembly passage. “It is unacceptable that the Senate is dragging their feet with this critical legislation and I strongly urge all my colleagues in the Senate to vote on this bill today and ensure our waters do not go another day unprotected.”
Thirty-two people, including federal, state and city elected officials, clergy and airport workers, were arrested today after a crowd of close to 1,000 people blocked a bridge to LaGuardia Airport in protest of wages and benefits given to employees of companies that contract out services at the city’s airports.
The rally was organized by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union
In his State of the State address on Jan. 8, Gov. Cuomo said the state has talked too long about modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports without the action to back it up.
He said it is time for that to change, even going so far as to have the state take over construction management of LaGuardia’s new central terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last Thursday presented a revised plan for Runway 4L/22R at John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Eastern Queens Alliance and an unhappy Rosedale community.
Under its revised plan the 11,351-foot runway would be moved 728 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and the neighborhoods that abut JFK.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will host a public meeting in Rosedale on Oct. 24 to discuss a revised environmental assessment of a proposal to shift a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The PA is actively seeking to relocate runway 4L-22R 700 feet to the north of its present position, and add a 500-foot-wide, 1,000-foot-long safety overrun zone at the end. The overrun zone and the widening of the runway by 150 feet have been mandated by Congress.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that a series of scheduled and lengthy closures of AirTrain service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport began Saturday morning, Sept. 7, to accommodate overhauls, repairs and equipment replacement on the 10-year-old rail line.
The work is expected to take place periodically over the next six weeks, concluding in mid-October.
Susan Seinfeld, district manager of Community Board 11, may not be attending many meetings in the next several weeks as she recovers from breaking both her arms.
According to board Chairman Jerry Iannece, Seinfeld broke her arms when she tripped in her driveway a little more than two weeks ago.
The Port Authority will begin scheduled and lengthy closures of AirTrain service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning Saturday morning, Sept. 7 to accommodate overhauls, repairs and equipment replacement on the 10-year-old rail line.
The work is expected to take place periodically over the next six weeks through mid-October.
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.
While Liberty Natural Gas, LLC thinks a deepwater port about 20 miles from the entrance to New York Harbor is exactly what New York and New Jersey need to keep fuel prices down, residents and environmentalists believe the proposal is outrageous and a scam.
Dan Mundy Jr., a member of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatch, strongly opposes the port. He called it a terrorist threat and an environmental disaster “with no benefit to the country.”
July 2013 marks the 49th anniversary of federal support for public transportation.
The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 10, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law. This has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.
Millions of Americans, including many residing in Queens County today, on a daily basis utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single-occupancy vehicles. Most are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.
Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.
Fortunately we have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its various operating agencies, including New York City Transit subway and bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority and MTA Bus. There are also New Jersey Transit and Port Authority-Trans Hudson trains and the Staten Island Ferry.
MTA MetroCards provide free transfers between the subway and bus. This has eliminated the old two-fare zones, making public transportation an even better bargain. Purchasing a monthly LIRR or MTA pass reduces the cost per ride and provides virtually unlimited trips.
Elected officials and government employees can turn in their taxpayer-funded vehicles and join the rest of us by using public transportation to get around. In many cases, employers can offer transit checks which help subsidize a portion of the costs. Utilize this and reap the benefits. It supports a cleaner environment. Or join a car or van pool to share the costs of commuting.
The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical office, library, etc., is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100 percent dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students and low- and middle-income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.
Frustrated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority’s apparent indifference to the noise complaints of their constituents, the Senate and Assembly passed legislation last week, requiring the Port Authority to conduct a noise and land-use compatibility study of the areas surrounding the borough’s airports and make the results public by June 1, 2014.
However, there is still a long way to go before the bill — which Gov. Cuomo has yet to sign— becomes law. The Port Authority’s jurisdiction includes both New York and New Jersey, so the legislation will not take effect until a similiar measure passes in New Jersey and Gov. Christie signs it as well.
Residents and elected officials from Southeast Queens on Friday took what they hope is not a last look at about 700 trees in the Idlewild Park Preserve.
Nearly 400 of the trees have been marked by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as being potential hazards to planes landing at or taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport.