Pols push to keep JFK employees from parking on Howard Beach streets

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Two Queens legislators have appealed to John F. Kennedy International Airport officials and airlines to help local residents regain the ability to park in front of their own homes, which has been limited due to employees from JFK who have overrun residential parking spaces.

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) and City Councilman Eric Ulrich, (R-Ozone Park) sent letters of concern to 10 freight and passenger airlines expressing concern and announced a forthcoming meeting with officials of the federal Transportation Security Administration to consider possible solutions to the problem.

“Our middle-class families work hard and deserve to enjoy the community they invested in without having to spend their days and nights circling the block looking for parking space,” said Goldfeder. “I urge the major airlines and other employees at JFK to be good neighbors and put the brakes on this practice.”

In letters to major airlines at JFK, Ulrich and Goldfeder called on the carriers to respond to reports of employees parking in Howard Beach, Ozone Park and adjacent neighborhoods to commute to the airport via nearby AirTrain stations.

“TSA and other airport employees should be parking their vehicles on Port Authoritry property, not in front of homes in Ozone Park and Howard Beach,” Ulrich said.“Hopefully, they will take action to alleviate this problem to free up much-needed parking for homeowners.”.

Letters were sent to the 10 largest airlines operating out of JFK, including Delta, JetBlue, American, British Airways and United. Letters also went to Fed Ex, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Korean Airlines and Lufthansa.

The Port Authority website for JFK reports that the airport employs some 37,000 workers.

In their letter, Goldfeder and Ulrich emphasized that the Howard Beach AirTrain station was used by around 700,000 passengers so far this year They said this many employees and commuters to one of the nation’s biggest airports has local residents caught in the middle.

“These spaces are taken around the clock,” said Sal Pace of Howard Beach, “We don’t have the luxury of parking in front of our own homes.”

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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should be the law all over from Queens says:
Many businesses do the same thing - over expand and then let their people park on residential streets. EJ Gluck did this in Little Neck - got rid of more than 50% of the parking to build a warehouse when there was space available for this next door. While many of their employees take buses, the remainder park on the avenues nearby.
Aug. 21, 2015, 8:54 am
John from Flushing says:
We have a similiar problem here by Queens College. I totally understand what the residents of Howard Beach is going through.
Aug. 21, 2015, 1:47 pm
Mike from Howard Beach says:
I just want to clarify a few things to all the Howard Beach residents. First, you don't own the streets nor the parking space in front of your home. We pay taxes and have the right to park in any public street space that's available. Worry about more important things like how you can rape FEMA and the red cross for money due to hurricane sandy. Damn crooks!
Aug. 22, 2015, 2:14 pm
Larry Schwarz from Nassau County. says:
Why is there no Employee Parking on Airport property for employees.No one is talking about Terminal Parking but an area where employees can get to their jobs by using Airtrain or free buses.Most Airports do.The Port Authority needs to get with it.Tampa and Salt Lake City are 2 examples of Airports that have employee lots and provide busses to The Terminal for them.
Aug. 22, 2015, 9:43 pm
K from Brooklyn says:
What a bunch of sissy cry babies! The street is a *public asset* that everyone pays for. It's everyone's to share, not just a chosen few. People parking in the neighborhood for work or school or whatever happens in every neighborhood, everywhere. If you want only neighborhood tenants to use the parking then have only tenants of that neighborhood pay for the entire cost of the street. Cause I'm not paying for your parking if you're going to restrict who parks in it!

And by the way if they restrict the parking to Howard Beach residents then every other neighborhood should restrict parking to not allow anyone from Howard Beach - to be equal. Next thing you know every single neighborhood doesn't let anyone park in any other neighborhood (like Boston) and it is an all-around nightmare
Sept. 5, 12:51 pm

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