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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.
Residents of Southeast Queens are spreading the alarm over what they believe could be plans to cut down 700 or more trees in the Idlewild Park Preserve.
And the Eastern Queens Alliance, which will host a press conference on Friday to highlight its concerns, fears the trees are just the beginning.
However, the package turned out to contain part of a lighting system and an all-clear was given less than an hour later, according to a spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Several hundred travelers evacuated the airport and waited on the surrounding roads and terminals while the authorities investigated.
An appeals court has rejected a request from Friends of LaGuardia Airport to review federal recommendations for construction of a 100-foot-high garbage transfer station near the end of the airport’s Runway 31.
FOLA, led by Kenneth Paskar, has been challenging the process by which the city, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the decision to approve and build the North Shore Transfer Station, a 100-foot-high garbage facility in College Point.
A 23-year-old Greek national was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on March 13, allegedly attempting to flee the country after sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in her Jamaica apartment.
Seven suspects and two New Jersey check cashing companies are facing 90-count indictment charges for their alleged involvement in a national tax fraud scheme, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced in a press release on March 7.
The nine defendants, who operated in Queens, were accused of enterprise corruption, third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy for allegedly stealing over $500,000 in tax refund checks between August 2011 and November 2012 using forged personal identification documents.
Shovels hit dirt on Monday at the Hunters Point South project — the largest new affordable housing complex to be built in New York City since the 1970s.
“In just a few years, Hunters Point South will have all the makings of a great community — affordable homes, new transportation links, beautiful parks with sweeping views, and a brand-new school,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
Charles Kidd, an environmental health expert who headed York College in Jamaica from 1996 to 2002, died last week at the age of 76.
Born in Washington, DC, Kidd was the fourth president of York, and returned to the college as a professor during the 2010-11 academic year in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences. There he brought his considerable scholarship in environmental health to bear.
What was obvious to most of us, except Mayor Bloomberg, was that it would be tasteless to have a major event going through the streets of New York while many of our citizens were without electrical power, forced to relocate shelters, and even worse, many had lost their homes altogether from a calamity that had occurred less than a week earlier.
Leaving the emotionalism out of the issue, police and sanitation resources would be diverted from far more important work. Many of those who sought emergency shelter in hotels would find themselves being booted out because of runners from outside of New York who had made room reservations well in advance.
Michael Watt was bemused on Monday when he read a quote in the news attributed to an official of the Long Island Power Authority, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying the agency does not make restoring electricity to gas stations a priority.
“It’s amazing,” said Watt, executive director of the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association. “The lifeblood of any region is gasoline. And most of my members have been in business 20, 30 or in some cases 40 years, and have never been without power for more than a day-and-a half. Now it’s been a week that we have been without it.”
Buses were back in full operation Wednesday morning in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and limited subway service began coming back on line by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, three to four days ahead of the most optimistic estimates of Monday evening.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had shut down bus, subway and commuter train service at 7 p.m. on Sunday night in anticipation of the storm.