Bayside leaders rally against airliner noise

State Sen. Tony Avella (c.), joined by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (l.) and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece demands public input on nearby LaGuardia's flight patterns. Photo by Phil Corso
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With planes flying overhead, elected officials and community leaders gathered in Bayside Friday morning to lower the volume on airline noise passing over the area.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined with state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece to protest a sudden increase in air traffic coming from nearby LaGuardia Airport affecting neighborhoods in Bayside, Bay Terrace and Flushing.

“My office has been inundated with phone calla from homeowners who are irate at this abrupt increase in air traffic over their homes, which is causing an intolerable amount of noise pollution,” Avella said. “Residents are unable to open their windows and enjoy these summer months.”

Avella and Braunstein said their offices reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration, which notified them about a six-month departure procedure being tested out of LaGuardia. The elected officials said they did not receive definitive time frames as to when the trials would conclude after hearing constituent complaints as early as June.

“It is outrageous that our community was not notified prior to the start of the FAA’s flight departure testing and that we have still not been informed of its end date,” Braunstein said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency is evaluating the departure path known as the Flushing for planes taking off from LaGuardia and turning towards the northeast part of the borough.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Posted 4:54 pm, August 24, 2012
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Dave from Bayside Hills says:
Yep, there's Jerry Iannece sticking up for our neighborhood again! You can find out more about his campaign for the State Assembly at:


The primary is on September 13th, so if you don't know about it, now is the time to start learning. We need Jerry fighting for us in the state Assembly.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association has some articles about Jerry on their site:

Aug. 25, 2012, 1:44 pm
Carole from Bayside Hills says:
The primaries are THURSDAY, September 13. Let's get out there and vote for Jerry Iannece. It's important to make sure the best person to represent us in the Assembly gets our votes!
Aug. 27, 2012, 11:47 pm
Mike from Bayside Hills says:
That's good advise. I have already circled my calendar - THURSDAY, September 13. 2012. Primary Day for the 25th Assembly District. Jerry Iannece definately is the correct choice!
Aug. 28, 2012, 10:04 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Yes thats what the community needs a grandstanding ,pro abortion,pro "Dream Act" candidate that will be looking out for the best interests of his handlers! THURSDAY Sept 13 2012 everyone would be best served stayig home and not participating in the fake 2 left /right paradigm!
Aug. 30, 2012, 11 am
Cleo from College Point says:
There IS a noticeable increase but College Point has always been noisy from air traffic. I wonder if the planes release jet fuel over College Point while waiting for runaway availability.
Aug. 31, 2012, 8:43 am
Armen from Bayside says:
My daughter and her family live on 203rd street in Bayside. Since I don't live there I have only been withness to the noise that goes on on Sundays. This morning my daughter called to say my 4year old grandaughter woke up at 6am AGAIN, to complain about the airplane noise.
This is unforgivable. These families health is being jeoperdized by sleep interruptions let alone the stress during waking hours.
The planes don't stop until midnight and start up again before 6am, sometimes at 4:30. How are these people supposed to get enough sleep and go to work in the morning. We are not just talking about some far away noise, these planes sound like they are about to crash into your home, you can't hear yourself speak when they are going.
I wish someone will tell me where to complain that would make a difference.
Dec. 7, 2012, 8:42 am

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