James from Queens
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September 16, 2014
Now is the time to kick Schumer out of the office, cause he is the real cause of this mess. He voted for NextGen and he has done nothing the past two years to reverse it or correct it. He just writes generic letters to FAA. I am sure the airline industry is very thankful to him. John from queens, you either deaf or dumb to make such comments. The only terrorists around here are the airlines who fly their planes right above our heads, causing us all kinds of health issues.
Residents stage protest against increased plane noise
by Andrew Shilling
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Local elected officials have heard the stories of unrelenting airplane noise from low-flying planes from constituents for over two years. On Sunday, approximately 200 people gathered in Cunningham Park calling for action on the Port Authority (PANYNJ) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the noise and reconsider the lack of environmental review of new flight patterns known as NextGen. The vent was hosted by the advocacy group Queens Quiet Skies, and was attended by numerous local, state and federal elected officials in attendance, well over 100 residents gathered at Cunningham Park. Although Bayside Assemblyman Edward Braunstein noted some success addressing the issue at the state level, including the promise of a Part 150 noise study of the neighborhoods impacted by the changes, he accused the PANYNJ of bypassing Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive by creating a watered-down roundtable without any real input from the participants. “We want more,” Braunstein said. “We want a roundtable with teeth and real decision-making authority, not just another advisory panel, which is what they’re trying to do.” PANYNJ is pushing to split the new roundtable into three individual groups, one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports. The PANYNJ has not yet responded to request for comment on the matter. Congresswoman Grace Meng, whose district is just east of LaGuardia Airport, said plane noise and pollution has been a main focus since first taking office in January 2013. She said that in response to the FAA’s attempts at “dividing the country” by producing “piecemeal solutions” to the problem, she and 25 other members of Congress from across the country recently sent a “first of its kind” letter to request a day-night average sound level (DNL) reduction from 65 to 55 dB. “This change would provide relief to many people in our communities and across the nation,” Meng announced to the crowd on Sunday afternoon. She added that the change could potentially provide residents to become eligible for subsidized noise mitigation solutions in their homes. “I want the FAA to do what’s best for our communities and for the American public, and put people before profits,” she added. Queens Quiet Skies president Janet McEneany said she is happy to see the focus placed on the noise level reduction, however adding that there is still much more to do. “The airlines had record profits last year, and we shouldn’t have to pay for their profits,” McEneany said. “It’s time for them to take some of those record profits and put them into technology towards making things better.” Now just over two years into their advocacy for noise and pollution reduction, McEneany added that she never thought that Queens Quiet Skies would have such far-reaching implications. “We are beginning a nationwide movement, and an international movement, because this is not just our problem, these problems are occurring everywhere NextGen flight procedures are being rolled out,” she said.
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Doe Fund coming to Beach 116th Street
by Chase Collum
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Councilman Eric Ulrich gathered with local leaders last week to announce that his office has secured discretionary funding to cover the cost of bringing the Doe Fund to Rockaway Park's Beach 116th Street. “This program is helping revitalize one of Rockaway’s main commercial strips,” said Ulrich. “The small business owners here embody the heart and soul of the peninsula. They’re resilient, hard-working and provide dozens of jobs to local residents.” Krzysztof Sadlej, executive director of the Beach 116th Street Partnership, said he is happy to see funding for cleaning up Beach 116th Street, which has as a neighborhood gone through a rough couple of years. He said keeping the shopping corridor free of litter “is crucial to the continued success of our main shopping corridor.” “The merchants on Beach 116th St. have worked hard to rebuild their businesses for the last two summers since Sandy,” Sadlej said. “Thanks to their collaborative efforts, the commercial corridor looks better than it has in years.” George McDonald has been involved with providing assistance to homeless New Yorkers since the 1980s. After a woman known as “Mama” to the transients at Grand Central Station froze to death while clinging to a scarf McDonald had given her one Christmas morning, he realized he needed to do more to help than just hand out food and clothing. At that moment, the Doe Fund was born. Today, McDonald and his colleagues help more than 1,000 people every day in their one-year transitional assistance program for homeless and formally incarcerated individuals, providing them with work, housing and other services. “The 'men in blue' who will service this beautiful district are taking the first steps towards restoring their lives and reclaiming their place in society,” said McDonald.
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Joe Brostek
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September 12, 2014
Now is the time for the people's voices to drown out the airplanes!