Michael P. Huerta, FAA: Reverse harmful flight patterns over Bayside, Hollis Hills, Flushing and N.E. Queens
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Federal Aviation Administration
Michael P. Huerta
Chair, Community Board 11
Jerry Iannece
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NYS Assembly
Mr. Edward Braunstein
See response
NYS Senate, 11th District
Mr. Tony Avella
DOT
Inspector General
NYC Council
Mark Weprin
Administrator, FAA Eastern Region
Mr. Carmine Gallo
FAA
Noise Ombudsman
ESQ.
Janet McEneaney
NYS Senate. Dist.16
Toby Ann Stavisky
City Councilman, District 20
Peter Koo
Assemblyman, District 40
Ron Kim
Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
Office of the New York City Public Advocate
Letitia James
New York Governor
President of the United States
New York State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Michael P. Huerta, FAA: Reverse harmful flight patterns over Bayside, Hollis Hills, Flushing and N.E. Queens

    1. Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
    2. Petition by

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D

      Oakland Gardens, NY

Northeastern Queens, including the towns of Bayside, Hollis Hills, Douglaston, Little Neck, Flushing and others has, for generations, been the type of community where hard-working young families, middle-class senior citizens, idealistic young professionals, studious college students, and enthusiastic newcomers have called home and where people take pride in their homes, schools, shops, professional practices, schools, senior centers, libraries, lawns and streets. Residents have worked long and hard in order to scrape up enough money to purchase a modest house or condo, rent a comfortable apartment, send their children to a good, safe school, or retire comfortably after many years of private or civil service. Over the past months, all of this has changed as the residents of northeastern Queens have been subjected to loud, constant, and intense aircraft noise continually agitating ears and rattling nerves over their homes, schools, libraries, yards, businesses, senior centers and all other local institutions. The FAA which has unilaterally changed the flight patterns of the 2 Queens airports, especially from runway 13 at LaGuardia, has caused hardship by imposing unrelenting, low-flying planes over our homes, businesses and institutions and refusing to listen to the requests and pleas of the residents and citizens—for whom they serve—to revert to the old air patterns.

 This unbearable situation, with aircrafts sometimes taking off several times a minute all day long, begins some days earlier than 6:00am and continues until after 11:00pm on some nights. The noise has created interference with our children attempting to meet federally mandated standards in their schools, and has inhibited commerce and, therefore, incomes, as potential customers divert their business to other areas.  The noise has prevented senior citizens from hearing one another, even within the confines of their own homes and apartments, and has prevented retirees from enjoying a well-deserved day of peace in their own homes and gardens.  The noise has already caused many residents to put their homes up for sale, and has caused potential new residents to fear moving into the area. Home prices are going down. People’s nerves are raw, and many are complaining of headaches and other physical and emotional ailments.  

 Many long-time northeastern Queens residents have previously chosen to live in this area of New York City precisely because of its prior reputation for peacefulness, cleanliness, neighborliness and other embodiments of the American Dream. THE FAA IS KILLING, IN NORTHEASTERN QUEENS, WHAT LITTLE REMAINS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

It is the FAA’s job and mission to “provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.” BUT, WE RESIDENTS UNDER THE LOW-FLYING PLANES DO NOT FEEL HAPPY OR SAFE IN OUR OWN HOMES AND BUSINESSES, NOR DO WE FIND THE FAA’S ACTIONS AND LACK OF ACTIONS “EFFICIENT” FOR THE POPULACE.

 According to their own words, the FAA strives “to reach the next level of safety, efficiency, environmental responsibility and global leadership.” WHERE IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LEADERSHIP WHEN YOU ARE MAKING US PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, EDUCATIONALLY, AND FISCALLY ILL?

The FAA states that they are “accountable to the American public and our stakeholders. Excellence is our promise. We seek results that embody professionalism, transparency and accountability. Integrity is our touchstone.” THERE IS NO EXCELLENCE, PROFESSIONALISM, TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, OR INTEGRITY IN THIS MATTER.

The residents of northeastern Queens will no longer allow the FAA to inhibit our Constitutional rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in order to allow more flights to land at the 2 already over-used and over-crowded Queens airports. Enough is enough. The FAA should be working to eliminate the noise and air pollution that has been ongoing over all Queens neighborhoods for many years, not finding new neighborhoods to infect.

We residents are also business travelers, vacation travelers and airport workers. We have no desire to impede the workings of the airport or airlines. We just want what is fair and right and just and American. We want our health,  sanity, happiness and lives back.

FAA- Stop abusing the good people of northeastern Queens. Revert to the former flight patterns!


마이클후어타, 연방항공관리국: 베이사이드, 홀리스힐스, 플러싱및퀸즈동북부상공의해로운비행양태를원상복귀하라
연방상원에청원함
연방항공관리국마이클후어타: 베이사이드, 홀리스힐스, 플러싱및퀸즈동북부상공의해로운비행양태를원상복귀하라
이블린쉑터, Ed D
뉴욕오우크랜드가든스주민이블린쉑터에의한청원

베 이사이드, 홀리스힐스, 더글라스톤, 리틀넥, 플러싱, 등을포함한퀸즈동북부는여러세대에걸쳐서열심히일하는젊은가정, 중산층노인, 이상주의적젊은전문직종사자, 열심히공부하는학생, 열정적최근이주자, 등이자기집으로생각하고자기들의집, 학교, 가게, 전문인직장, 노인센타, 도서관, 잔디밭과길거리, 등에자부심을느끼며살아온 공동사회다. 이곳주민들은검소한주택이나콘도를구입하고, 편안한아파트를렌트하고, 자녀들을좋고안전한학교에보내고, 수년동안개인적또는공공봉사를마친후편안하게은퇴하여살기위해충분한돈을벌기위해긴시간을열심히일해왔다. 그런데지난수개월에걸쳐서주택, 학교, 도서관, 뒷마당, 사업장, 노인센타, 병원, 등상공을나는항공기의시끄럽고, 지속적이고, 극심한 
소음이퀸즈동북부주민들의청각과신경을교란시킴으로서이런모든것들이바뀌게되었다. 연방항공관리국은이지역주민들이예전의비행양태로원상복귀해달라는요청과청원을무시하고 2개퀸즈공항의비행양태를, 특히라과디아공항의13번활주로로부터, 일방적으로바꿔서주택, 사업장, 학교, 병원등상공으로끊일새없는저공비행을 항공기들에게허용함으로써이지역주민들을곤경에빠뜨리고있다. 
온종일매분마다여러대의비행기가이륙하는이견딜수없는상태는어떤날은아침6시이전 에시작해서밤11시이후까지계속된다. 이소음은연방정부학교성적기준을달성해야하는우리들의자녀들에게지장을주고있으며, 잠재적고객들이 다른지역으로빠져나감으로서이지역의상업을억제하여매상을떨어뜨리고있다. 이소음은자기집과아파트안에서마저노인들이서로듣는데지장을주고있으며, 자기집과정원에서노인들이마땅히누릴수있는하루의안식을누리지못하게하고있다. 이소음은이미많은주민들이집을팔려고내놓게만들고, 잠재적인새주민들이이지역에이사오기를꺼리게하고있다. 집값이떨어지고있다. 사람들의신경이날카로워지고많은사람들이두통과신체적정서적불쾌감을호소하고있다.
퀸즈동북부에오래동안살아온많은주민들은예전의평화로움, 깨끗함, 사람다운이웃과어메리칸드림의구현때문에뉴욕시의이지역에살기를선택한사람들이다. 그런데연방항공관리국은퀸즈동북부지역에서그나마쫄아든어메리칸드림마저죽이고있다. 
“세 계에서가장안전하고효율적인항공관리체계를제공하는거야말로” 연방항공관리국의직무이며사명이다. 그런데, 저공으로나는비행기들밑에거주하는 우리는우리들의집과사업장에서행복하고안전하다고느끼지않는다. 또한연방항공관리국의 행위와 아무조처도취하지않는행위를여기사는주민들을위해서“효율적”이라고생각지않는다. 
그들의말대로라면, 연방항공관국은“한단계높은안전성, 효율성, 환경보호책임과국제적리더쉽을달성하기위해” 부단히노력한다. 당신들이우리를신체적으로, 정서적으로, 교육적으로, 재정적으로병들게하는데, 당신들이말하는환경보호책임과리더쉽은어디에있다는말인가?
연방항공관리국은“미국시민과이해관계를가진사람들에게 책임을진다”고말하고있다. “우리는탁월함을약속한다. 우리는전문성, 투명성, 책임성을구현하는결과를추구한다. 우리의기준은성실성이다. “ 그런데이문제에서만은탁월성도없고, 전문성도없고, 투명성도없고, 책임성도없고, 성실성도없다.
퀸즈동북부주민들은연방항공관리국이기 존의지나치게이용되고북적거리는퀸즈의2개의비행장에더많은비행기가착륙하도록하기위해우리들의생명, 자유, 행복의추구에대한헌법적권리를침해하는것을더이상허용하지않을것이다. 이미우리는질렸다. 연방항공관리국은, 다른동네들에게나쁜영향을끼치지않으면서, 퀸즈지역의여러동네에 수년동안싸여온소음과더러운공기를없애기위한조처를취해야한다. 
우리주민들도사업상여행객이며, 휴가여행객이며, 공항에서일하는사람들이다. 우리는공항이나항공사의일을방해할의도는없다. 단지우리는공정하고옳바른것, 미국적인것을원할뿐이다. 우리는 건강과, 건전한정신, 행복이깃든, 삶을되찾기를원하다.
연방항공관리국– 퀸즈동북부의선량한사람들을괴롭히는것을중지하라. 예전의비행양태로원상복귀하라!
 
 
貝賽、霍利斯山(Hollis Hills)、德格斯頓(Douglaston)、小頸及法拉盛等東北皇后區社區,一直被工作辛勞的年輕家庭、中產長者公民、懷有理想的年輕專業人士、學生及新社區成員視作自己的家園,大家熱愛區內的學校、商店、學校、長者中心、圖書館、草地及街道。因為要在區內購買或租一所不錯的房子公寓、送孩子上好的學校、讓自己退休後安享晚年,大家都願意努力花上很長的時間工作,以實現夢想。
 
但在過去數月,這些美好的生活因密集式的飛機噪音而完全改變,這些振耳欲聾的聲音無論在圖書館、學校、商店還是家中等地,都一直觸動區內所有人的神經,美國聯邦航空管理局(FAA)因改變了皇后區兩飛機場的飛行航道,致使航機低飛經過東北皇后區的各民宅和各社區建設,令大家無法安寧,當中尤以拉瓜地亞機場的13跑道為最。但當市民請願恢復舊航道時,當局卻拒絕聆聽他們的聲音。
 
這些無法令人忍受的噪音幾乎整日困擾著區內的市民,有時更從早上6時開始,每分鐘就有數班航機起飛,直至晚上11時,噪音已影響到學生學習,甚至令潛在的消費者往其他地方購物,造成經濟損害。 當然也影響到長者的聽力,就連他們安坐家中或自己的後花園,也無法享受應有的退休生活,也有居民開始出現頭痛的情況,身體不適、甚至患上情緒疾病。部份居民因此已決定出售他們的物業,遷出東北皇后區,但由於噪音的影響,新買主不願遷入,令房價下跌。
 
很多東北皇后區的市民選擇定居這裡,是因為當地素以幽靜、和平、清潔、鄰里互助互愛等特點見稱,是很多人的「美國夢」,但聯邦航空管理局正在扼殺東北皇后區,這個「美國夢」最後僅存的少數淨土。
 
聯邦航空管理局的工作使命是提供世上最安全、最快捷有效的空中服務系統,但我們的市民因航機低飛,完全無法因此而感到自己的家園和商店是安全的,也未感受到當局對民意作出任何快捷有效的回應。
 
根據聯邦航空管理局的介紹,當局希望可達到更安全的、更有效的服務水平,對環境承擔應有的責任,領導全球。但當你們令我們身心受創,影響我們的經濟及教育,又如何符合「對環境承擔應有的責任,領導全球」的目標?
 
聯邦航空管理局指出,他們「為美國的公眾、利益相關人士問責,承諾提供最優秀的服務。我們尋求專業、高透明度、可靠的服務。誠信是我們的試金石。」在今次的事件中,完全沒有優秀、專業、透明度、可靠及誠信可言。
 
因為聯邦航空管理局的決定,飛機要降落在原本已擁擠不堪的兩個皇后區機場,東北皇后區的市民再無法生活於憲法賦予的自由、追尋幸福的日子,我們受夠了,聯邦航空管理局應建決原本皇后區市民就面對的噪音及污染問題,而非找一個新的社區讓它承受這些。
 
我們的居民也是商旅人士、遊客及機場工作人員,我們不希望阻礙機場的運作,我們只想獲得美國人應有的公平、公義的對待,我們要求過去健康快樂的日子回來。
 
聯邦航空管理局,停止虐待東北皇后區的良好市民,改回以前的飛行航道!
 

El noreste de Queens, incluyendo los pueblos de Bayside, Hollis Hills, Douglaston, Little Neck, Flushing y otros, han por generaciones sido el tipo de comunidad done familias jóvenes y trabajadoras, ciudadanos mayor de edad de clase media, profesionales jóvenes y, estudiantes universitarios estudiosos, y recién llegados entusiásticos han llamado hogar y donde gente tiene orgullo de sus hogares, escuelas, tiendas, practicas profesionales, centros para ciudadanos mayores de edad, librerías, céspedes y calles. Los residentes han trabajado largo y duro para juntar lo suficiente para comprar una casa modesta o un condo, rentar un apartamento cómodo, mandar a sus hijos/as a una buena escuela retirarse cómodamente después de muchos anos de servicio privado o civil. En los últimos meses, todo esto ha cambiado ya que los residentes del noreste de Queens han sido sometidos a ruido de aviones constante e intenso sobre sus hogares, escuelas, librerías, patios,comercios y otras instituciones locales, el cualcontinuamente agita los oídos y los nervios. El FAA, cual ha cambiado unilateralmente los itinerarios de vuelos en los dos aeropuertos de Queens, especialmente de la pista 13 en LaGuardia, ha causado dificultad imponiendo aviones que vuelan bajo, sobre nuestros hogares, comercios e instituciones, reusándose a escuchar las suplicas de los residentes y ciudadanos- a quien le sirven- y regresar a los previos itinerarios.

Esta situación inaguantable, con aviones despegando a veces varias veces por minuto diariamente, a veces empieza antes de las 6 AM y continua hasta después de las 11PM en algunas noches. El ruido ha creado interferencia con nuestros hijos/as manteniendo los requisitos estándares en sus escuelas, ha inhibido el comercio, y por eso, los ingresos ya que los consumidores potenciales desvían su atención a otras áreas. El ruido previene que los ciudadanos mayor de edad se escuchen, aun en sus hogares y ha prevenido que los jubilados disfruten de un descanso bien merecido en sus propios hogares y jardines. El ruido ha causado que muchos residentes pongan sus hogares en venta y ha causado miedo de mudarse al área para nuevos residentes potenciales. Precios de casas están bajando. La gente se queja de nervios agitados, dolores de cabeza, y otros malestares físicos y emocionales.

Muchos de los residentes del noreste de Queens habían escogido vivir en esta área de Nueva York precisamente por su previa reputación de tranquilidad, aseo, buena vecindad y otras personificaciones del sueno americano. EL FAA ESTA MATANDO LO POQUITO QUE QUEDA DEL SUENO AMERICANO EN EK NORESTE DE QUEENS.

Es el deber y misión del FAA de “proveer el sistema mas seguro y eficaz en el mundo.” PERO, NOSOTROS LOS RESIDENTES BAJO LOS AVIONES QUE VUELAN BAJO NO NOS SENTIMOS FELIZ O SEGUROS EN NUESTRAS PROPIAS CASAS O COMERCIOS, Y NO ENCONTRAMOS QUE LAS ACCIONES Y FALTA DE ACCIONES DEL FAA SON “EFICAZES” PARA LA COMUNIDAD.

En sus propias palabras, el FAA se esfuerza por “alcanzar el próximo nivel de seguridad, eficiencia, responsabilidad del ambiente y liderazgo global.” DONDE ESTA LA RESPONSABILIDAD DEL AMBIENTE CUANDO NOS ESTAN ENFERMANDO FISICAMENTE, EMOCIONALMENTE, EDUCACIONALMENTE Y FISCALMENTE?

El FAA declara que son ”explicables al publico Americano y nuestras partes interesadas. Nuestra promesa es excelencia. Buscamos resultados que demuestra profesionalismo, transparencia y contabilidad. La Integridad es nuestra promesa.” NO HAY EXCELENCIA, PROFESIONALISMO, TRANSPARENCIA, ACOUNTABILIDAD O INTEGRIDAD EN ESTE ASUNTO.

 
 
 

 

To:
Editor, New York Times
Michael P. Huerta, Federal Aviation Administration
Jerry Iannece, Chair, Community Board 11
Mr. Edward Braunstein, NYS Assembly
Mr. Tony Avella, NYS Senate, 11th District
Inspector General, DOT
Mark Weprin, NYC Council
Mr. Carmine Gallo, Administrator, FAA Eastern Region
Noise Ombudsman, FAA
Janet McEneaney, ESQ.
Toby Ann Stavisky, NYS Senate. Dist.16
Peter Koo, City Councilman, District 20
Ron Kim, Assemblyman, District 40
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Letitia James, Office of the New York City Public Advocate
New York Governor
President of the United States
New York State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Reverse harmful flight patterns over Bayside, Hollis Hills, Douglaston, Flushing and N.E. Queens

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      News Release 113-241

      For Immediate Release

      October 1, 2014

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      Jordan Goldes, Jordan.goldes@mail.house.gov (Meng)

      Morgan Broman, Morgan.broman@mail.house.gov (McCarthy)

      Alex Florez, Alex.Florez@mail.house.gov (Crowley)

      News Release
      Reps. Israel, Meng, McCarthy and Crowley Announce Quiet Skies Caucus to Combat Aircraft Noise

      Congressional group will work to raise awareness of and reduce aircraft noise

      Washington, D.C.—Today, Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) announced the creation of a Quiet Skies Caucus in Congress, which will raise awareness on the issue of aircraft noise and work to find meaningful solutions to the problem. The caucus consists of members from across the country whose constituents are adversely affected by incidents of airplane and helicopter noise.

      Rep. Israel said, “Too many of my constituents are dealing with an influx of aircraft noise that is negatively impacting their quality of life. While I’ve worked on a local level to solve this problem, I’m proud to join with Rep. Meng and colleagues from around the country whose constituents are facing a similar issue to create the Quiet Skies Caucus, which will work to find sensible solutions to this ongoing issue.”

      Rep. Meng said, “Rep. Meng said, “The blistering sounds of aircraft noise continue to have negative impacts on many residents of Queens. It is imperative that we continue to work on solutions to this problem, and raising it to the national level through this new caucus is a very sensible way to do that. It is critical for Members of Congress to come together on this issue so that we can share information, discuss ideas, and work with all stakeholders to alleviate the problem of airplane noise. I’m pleased to be a founding member of this caucus.”

      Rep. McCarthy said, “As a resident of Mineola, I, myself, can attest to the continuous noise from commercial airliners. I have heard from my constituents all over my district expressing their concern regarding the number of airplanes that fly over their homes, citing that the volume has increased in recent years. The Quiet Skies Caucus will hopefully find potential mitigation procedures to help alleviate aircraft sound levels. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important issue.”

      Rep. Crowley said, “Airports can never be perfect neighbors, but we can take steps to make them better neighbors. I'm proud to be a founding member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, which will give communities and their federal representatives here in New York and around the country an outlet for voicing concerns associated with airplane noise. The Quiet Skies Caucus will also provide a nationwide forum for advancing solutions, such as my Silent Skies Act, which would require airlines to begin stocking their fleets with newer, quieter aircraft. I look forward to working with my fellow caucus members to continue pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration, airport authorities and others to address the concerns of residents who are impacted by aircraft noise.”

      The following Members of Congress have joined the caucus:

      Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

      Joe Crowley (D-NY)

      Henry Waxman (D-CA)

      Adam Schiff (D-CA)

      Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

      Mike Quigley (D-IL)

      Alan Grayson (D-FL)

      Keith Ellison (D-Minn)

      Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

      Mike Capuano (D-MA)

      Katherine Clark (D-MA)

    3. Thanks to All Who Attended Yesterday's Rally, Residents and Electeds

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      Queens Residents Fed Up With Noise Following Change In Flight Patterns At JFK, LaGuardia

      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A rally was held Sunday afternoon concerning traffic not in, but over Queens. Residents who live near LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport say flight patterns instituted several years ago have upped the noise level to unbearable levels.

    4. Rally Sept. 14 at 1:00 pm Cunningham Park

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Our rally is tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, from 1:00 PM until our last speaker finishes speaking (2:30 to 3:00 PM). There is zero chance of rain. We will have terrific speakers. Please come out, make your voice be heard, and be counted. Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike at 196th Street. See you there.


      CONFIRMED SPEAKERS - ELECTED OFFICIALS

      Rep. Steve Israel
      Rep. Grace Meng
      State Senator Tony Avella
      Assembly Member Ed Braunstein
      Assembly Member Ron Kim
      Assembly Member Michaelle Solages
      Assembly Member David Weprin
      Jason Hilliard , representing NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
      Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
      City Council Member Peter Koo
      City Council Member Rory Lancman
      City Council Member Paul Vallone
      City Council Member Mark Weprin

      CONFIRMED SPEAKERS - COMMUNITY LEADERS AND EXPERTS

      Arline Bronzaft -- City University of New York
      Barbara Brown -- Eastern Queens Alliance
      Joe Brostek -- Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association
      Tyler Cassell -- North Flushing Civic Association
      Susan Carroll -- Community Activist
      Francene Gould -- Plane Sense 4 LI
      Rich Hellenbrecht -- Queens Civic Congress
      John Kelly III-- Kissena Park Civic Association
      Janet McEneaney -- Queens Quiet Skies
      Elaine Miller -- Plane Sense 4 LI
      Maureen Regan -- Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association
      Andy Rothman -- Community Board 11
      Warren Schreiber -- Bay Terrace Community Alliance
      Bob Whitehair -- Queens Quiet Skies
      Brian Will -- Fisheries Biologist
      Dorothy Woo -- Holly Civic Association

    5. Rally for all of NYC and Long Island. All invited to attend and be heard.

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      RALLY AGAINST
      AIRPLANE NOISE !!!
      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
      1:00 PM
      CUNNINGHAM PARK
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      THE RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE AT UNION TURNPIKE & FRANCIS LEWIS BOULEVARD. THE PARKING LOT AT UNION TURNPIKE AND 196th PLACE WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE RALLY SITE.
      _________________________________________________________________________________

      GPS Address: 196-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
      Directions from Long Island: Take the Northern State/Grand Central West to exit 20A, Francis Lewis Blvd North. Merge onto Francis Lewis Blvd and take first left at Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      Directions from Brooklyn and western Queens: Take the LIE (I-495) west to Francis Lewis Blvd (exit 26). Merge unto Horace Harding, then turn right on Francis Lewis. Take second right unto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1
      Directions from the Bronx: Take the Throggs Neck Bridge unto the Clearview Expwy South (I-295). Take the Union Turnpike exit (exit 2). Keep right to take the Union Turnpike West ramp. Merge onto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      By bus: Located near the Q46 and Q76 bus stops
      ________________________________________________________________________________
      For more information email QUEENSRALLY@gmail.com
      Sponsored by a coalition of metro area community advocacy groups

    6. Let the FAA know how you feel about the noise. Come to the Rally!

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      RALLY AGAINST
      AIRPLANE NOISE !!!
      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
      1:00 PM
      CUNNINGHAM PARK
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      THE RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE AT UNION TURNPIKE & FRANCIS LEWIS BOULEVARD. THE PARKING LOT AT UNION TURNPIKE AND 196th PLACE WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE RALLY SITE.
      _________________________________________________________________________________

      GPS Address: 196-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
      Directions from Long Island: Take the Northern State/Grand Central West to exit 20A, Francis Lewis Blvd North. Merge onto Francis Lewis Blvd and take first left at Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      Directions from Brooklyn and western Queens: Take the LIE (I-495) west to Francis Lewis Blvd (exit 26). Merge unto Horace Harding, then turn right on Francis Lewis. Take second right unto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1
      Directions from the Bronx: Take the Throggs Neck Bridge unto the Clearview Expwy South (I-295). Take the Union Turnpike exit (exit 2). Keep right to take the Union Turnpike West ramp. Merge onto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      By bus: Located near the Q46 and Q76 bus stops
      ________________________________________________________________________________
      For more information email QUEENSRALLY@gmail.com
      Sponsored by a coalition of metro area community advocacy groups

    7. Remember to Attend the Rally Next Sunday at 1:00 in Cunningham Park

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      Rally Sept. 14 at 1:00 pm Cunningham Park- Note Change of Venue

      RALLY AGAINST AIRPLANE NOISE !!! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th 1:00 PM CUNNINGHAM PARK ___________________________________________________________________________________ THE RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE AT UNION TURNPIKE & FRANCIS LEWIS BOULEVARD. THE PARKING LOT AT UNION TURNPIKE AND 196th PLACE WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE RALLY SITE.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Rally Sept. 14 at 1:00 pm Cunningham Park- Note Change of Venue

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      RALLY AGAINST
      AIRPLANE NOISE !!!
      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
      1:00 PM
      CUNNINGHAM PARK
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      THE RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE AT UNION TURNPIKE & FRANCIS LEWIS BOULEVARD. THE PARKING LOT AT UNION TURNPIKE AND 196th PLACE WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE RALLY SITE.
      _________________________________________________________________________________

      GPS Address: 196-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
      Directions from Long Island: Take the Northern State/Grand Central West to exit 20A, Francis Lewis Blvd North. Merge onto Francis Lewis Blvd and take first left at Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      Directions from Brooklyn and western Queens: Take the LIE (I-495) west to Francis Lewis Blvd (exit 26). Merge unto Horace Harding, then turn right on Francis Lewis. Take second right unto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1
      Directions from the Bronx: Take the Throggs Neck Bridge unto the Clearview Expwy South (I-295). Take the Union Turnpike exit (exit 2). Keep right to take the Union Turnpike West ramp. Merge onto Union Turnpike. Make a left at 196th Place and into Cunningham Parking Lot #1.
      By bus: Located near the Q46 and Q76 bus stops
      ________________________________________________________________________________
      For more information email QUEENSRALLY@gmail.com
      Sponsored by a coalition of metro area community advocacy groups

    10. Our Petition presented to Sen. Schumer

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      Groups put pressure on Schumer to address plane noise - A handful of activists met in front of Senator Charles Schumer's Manhattan office last week to call for his support in their fight against increased noise and air pollution from low-flying pl...

      Groups put pressure on Schumer to address plane noise A handful of activists met in front of Senator Charles Schumer's Manhattan office last week to call for his support in their fight against increased noise and air pollution from low-flying planes at LaGuardia and JFK airports.

    11. Rally

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Upcoming rally against airplane noise. Be sure to make the time in September to join with your friends and neighbors!

      For more information go to QUEENSQUIETSKIES.ORG
      Or email QUEENSRALLY@gmail.com

      Sponsored by a coalition of metro area community advocacy groups
      Queens Quiet Skies
      Upcoming rally against airplane noise. Be sure to make the time in September to join with your friends and neighbors!

      For more information go to QUEENSQUIETSKIES.ORG
      Or email QUEENSRALLY@gmail.com

      Sponsored by a coalition of metro area community advocacy group

    12. Send a letter to Senator Schumer

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Below is a copy of a letter that was written by Peter Rutledge of Queens. The intent is to get individuals and community groups in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau to pressure Senator Schumer to effect change on the noise issue.
      The content speaks for itself. Peter will bundle and send hard copies to Mr. Schumer, with copies to the press and other elected reps.

      Peter aims for August first as a completion date.

      Please copy and paste the text below the horizontal line, or compose your own letter, and print it on your own letterhead. If sending on behalf of a community organization or block association, use that letterhead. Sign it, then send it via snail mail to:

      Peter Rutledge
      217-18 Corbett Road
      Bayside, NY 11361

      The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
      United States Senate
      322 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510-3203

      Dear Senator Schumer.

      The undersigned represent thousands of residents of Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau counties whose lives, health, peace of mind and property values have been impaired by the new FAA's new flight patterns through Kennedy and La Guardia Airports.

      We are told by our local representatives and community activists, and can see by the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that the FAA is acting under political cover provided by you. We believe you used your position in the Senate to secure votes that gave the FAA the go-ahead to sacrifice our well being for the welfare of the airline industry. We are offended that you have refused to meet with our groups to discuss this issue.

      We therefore respectfully request that you convene a public meeting in this area after Labor Day, but before Election Day, to answer our concerns and to explain what steps you will take to mitigate the egregious actions of the FAA against our communities. Please advise two or more of the undersigned in writing as to the time, date and location of the meeting.

      Copies of this letter are being sent to local representatives and to the media.

      Signed,

    13. Please file a comment immediately. Comment period ends tomorrow.

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      PROPOSED FAA RULE - COMMENT PERIOD ENDS TOMORROW

      We just learned about a proposed FAA rule change that would narrow flight paths and concentrate more flights along those paths -- not for safety but for increased capacity.. We don't want this to happen. The agency needs to find a solution that doesn't put the burden on the people on the ground.

      You can read about it here:

      https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/28/2014-09337/proposal-to-consider-the-impact-of-one-engine-inoperative-procedures-in-obstruction-evaluation#h-8

      Go to this address:
      http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FAA-2014-0134-0001

      Then copy and paste this comment below:

      Re:Docket No. FAA-2014-0134
      I write in opposition to the FAA’s “Proposal To Consider the Impact
      of One Engine Inoperative Procedures in Obstruction Evaluation
      Aeronautical Studies” -- Docket No. FAA-2014-0134

      Despite claims that this rule change is being proposed for safety
      reasons, it will actually lead to significantly-increased noise over a
      very narrow flight path, and only for the sake of airplane capacity,
      as admitted in the proposed rule:

      “…the (air) carriers have noted they are experiencing a growing
      erosion of capacity because of the encroachment from obstructions near
      airports.”

      Here in New York, we have had a very bad experience with noise created
      by adoption of just one new precision procedure, the TNNIS RNAV
      procedure for Runway 13 at LaGuardia Airport. Prior to that
      procedure’s implementation as an “experiment” in 2012, planes
      departing Runway 13 had more than 10 possible flight tracks over
      residential neighborhoods of the Borough of Queens.

      But with TNNIS, planes are concentrated along a very narrow path, with
      more than 20% of takeoffs every year traveling a precisely defined
      trajectory in order to reach the “JUTES” waypoint.

      Now, along this very narrow track, there are 35,000 takeoffs per year
      directly over our heads, one every twenty seconds!

      That is unacceptable, and the proposed Part 77 rule change will make
      the TNNIS disaster a real possibility for all of New York City, when
      “NextGen” is fully implemented for all flights from JFK and LaGuardia.

      While we do support any improvement in safety, the FAA needs to find a
      better way to limit building heights, other than concentration of
      flights.

      We ask the FAA to drop the proposed rule change.

      Federal Register | Proposal To Consider the Impact of One Engine Inoperative Procedures in Obstruction Evaluation Aeronautical Studies

      This action proposes to establish a new policy that would consider the impact of one engine out procedures in the aeronautical study process conducted under existing 14 CFR part 77 criteria when the airport operations potentially affected by a determination of no hazard are able to use a...

    14. See a video of the mindset we are up against

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      View the video below. Mr. Sigmund discusses us NIMBY's ( Not in my Backyard's) and explains why tourists and parking garages are more important than Queens residents' health and peace. Feel free to leave a comment on their website.
      http://www.cityandstateny.com/last-look-stephen-sigmund/

      Last Look: Stephen Sigmund

      Stephen Sigmund, Executive Director of the Global Gateway Alliance, discusses a new report on the economic impact of the tri-state area airports and improvements the airline infrastructure needs in an interview with Jon Lentz.

    15. Decision-maker Marilyn Bitterman responds:

      Marilyn Bitterman

      The required Noise Study that Government Cuomo ordered cannot take the 5 years that the PA is reporting. We need relief now. The study should be completed in 6 months. Everyone should demand that the PA completes the study within 6 months.


    16. Good News for NY! Thank you Gov. Cuomo!

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Gov. Cuomo today directed the Port Authority to do noise studies that meet requirements of Part 150 for LaGuardia and JFK airports, and to establish a community roundtable concerning noise and other issues with the FAA, without having to wait for NJ to enact companion legislation. Thanks to the Governor, and to everyone who helped support this petition and wrote letters. Our next objective is to see that the studies and roundtable are completed timely and accurately.

    17. Tweet

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Please tweet re. Governor Cuomo. The bill that would require the Port Authority to conduct a Noise and Land Use Study has been sitting on his desk waiting for his signature for some time now. If not signed by December, the bill will be dead.

      Sample:

      #NYGovCuomo sign A.7697/S.3841! Require PA perform a Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study. PA never conducted #FAA Part 150 Noise study

    18. Daily News Article

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      Queens residents sick of airplane noise urge governor to sign bill

      via Bloomberg Queens residents and leaders are urging Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to study the effects of plane noise on local communities. Airplane noise is a big problem in northeast and southeast Queens.

    19. Media Coverage this week.

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      NYC neighbors track planes and helicopters flying along new flight path

      The FAA changed the flight path around LaGuardia last summer. Neighbors have been trying to get the agency to reconsider the decision. Now, they are noticing increased helicopter traffic.

    20. Latest Media Coverage

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer
      Bayside Residents Say Noise From Low-Flying Jets Is Ruining Quality Of Life

      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Some Queens residents are getting fed up with the noise coming from low-flying jets that pass over their homes on a daily basis. The so-called Tennis Climb was originally created by the Federal Aviation Administration to reroute noisy planes from LaGuardia Airport away from the US Open.

    21. New York Times article

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Be sure to read today's article on page A17 of today's NY Times by Cara Buckley. Is it not amazing that officials are so concerned that fans who purchase a pass to view a one day tennis match not be disturbed by aircraft noise during the games, while homeowners and permanent residents of our communities are tortured from early morning until late at night 365 days a year?! And to Jet Blue and Joe Devito, are the engines also at idle during take-off? And exactly at which geographical point do the engines get powered down at landing?

    22. Reached 250 signatures
    23. Thank you.

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Because of your efforts, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and Reps. Israel, Meng and McCarthy wrote to the Port Authority and urged the agency to increase the number of noise monitors on and around the airport runways. They also suggested that the FAA actually use the data from noise monitors, which they evidently don't do right now.

      This was one of the lfour Queens Quiet Skies goals. The others are a Community Aviation Roundtable, an environmental study by the FAA of the changes it intends to implement, and a Part 150 Contour study by the Port Authority of noise compatibility in residential areas around the airports.

      As you may recall, we are getting closer to establishing a Community Aviation Roundtable and the NYS Legislature recently passed a law directing the Port Authority to complete a Part 150 contour study by next year. The Part 150 legislation is waiting to be signed by Gov. Cuomo and has been introduced into the state legislature in New Jersey.

    24. NY Daily News Letter to the Editor by one of our petition signers.

      Evelyn Schechter, Ed.D
      Petition Organizer

      Northeast Queens under siege
      As I write this, I am fighting back tears, which I do daily now. I am in a constant state of heightened anxiety. I am a lifelong resident of Queens and my quality of life has been ruined by the Federal Aviation Administration. Last December, with zero community input and no environmental study, the FAA unilaterally approved new departure routes from LaGuardia Airport. Now, there are loud, low-flying airplanes overhead every minute (sometimes every 30 seconds) from 6 a.m. until midnight or later. Opening windows or sitting on a terrace is out of the question. Enjoying a stroll in the neighborhood park is a pipe dream. Sleep is difficult to come by, especially for elderly residents. Children are frightened by the constant barrage of noisy aircraft. Headaches are the norm. We are under siege. The decision to turn our neighborhoods into an extended runway was made without our consent. We deserve better. We demand better! Susan Carroll

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Marianne Pendleton FLUSHING, NY
      • 4 days ago

      Because it increases our stress levels! Can we also put an end to leafblowers and excessive delivery truck noise!!!!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Larry Silvestro AUBURNDALE, NY
      • 13 days ago

      Peace is a good thing.Planes flying overhead over and over again is noisey.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • E Chen BAYSIDE, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Protecting our kids from getting mental and physical illness. Don't want them to be waken up and upset by airplane noise at 6 am. The schools start at 8am...

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Michael Sergio FLUSHING, NY
      • 15 days ago

      To help stop the airplanes from LGA flying over my home all day from 6 AM to almost midnight seven days a week.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Nina Jain FLUSHING, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Noise pollution is disruptive to my life and overall well being. I am especially concerning about my hearing.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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