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After advocating for regulations to control airplane noise in Queens, U.S Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has taken issue with the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act. The measure, which passed the House Monday in a 90-4 vote, featured many reforms but notably absent were any provisions to mitigate airplane noise.

Meng is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus. The group of representatives from all over the country seeks reform to reduce airplane noise, claiming it disrupts homes and businesses. They also believe it lowers the overall quality of life for citizens subjected to the sounds of passing aircraft each day. The caucus advocates for changing flight paths and more research on the possible long-term effects of being exposed to excessive aviation noise.

Airplane noise is a major issue in Queens, particularly in the northeast neighborhoods of the borough around LaGuardia Airport and around Kennedy Airport.

A previous version of the FAA Reauthorization bill included noise-related provisions, but it was not voted on.

“The absence of any measures to combat the problem of excessive aircraft noise is a huge disappoint­ment,” Meng said. “I have consistently called for this important legislation to include provisions to mitigate airplane noise. This bill would have allowed for an opportunity to directly address the issue and the previous version of this legislation included ways to deal with it.”

She was also frustrated with how the legislation was brought to the House floor. She said members of the House were not allowed to offer input or raise concerns.

“It is also very unfortunate that this bill was rushed through while keeping House members out of the process,” she said “Queens and other affected communities continue to be bombarded by the roaring sounds of aircraft noise that constantly disrupt the quality of life in our neighborhoods. A solution must be reached and I will keep up the fight until we achieve one.”

The legislation expires in September 2017, meaning it will be over a year until any new proposals or amendments can be heard.

Posted 6:00 pm, July 14, 2016
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Reader feedback

good from queens says:
At least someone can see the big picture, instead of pandering to special interests.
July 18, 2016, 11:10 am
Maria Becce from Broadway-Flushing says:
I am honored to represent Congresswoman Grace Meng on the LGA Committee and the New York Community Aviation Roundtable.
We agree there is no "silver bullet" to resolving the problem of excessive airplane noise that continues to torture Queens neighborhoods since 2012. However, the cumulative effect of the new FAA Bill, Airport Roundtable, Part 150 Noise Studies, improved community outreach by the FAA, new airplane designs, quieter jet engines, decrease in airplane speed, and the FAA's CLEEN Program will resolve this terrible problem in the long term. Airports are not going away, airlines need to run efficiently, the number of travelers continues to increase, and New York City needs the economic engine of the airports. Implementing these solutions will ensure peaceful and equitable co-existence with airports. The FAA will never successfully modernize the nation's air traffic systems if it forgets or ignores people living on the ground. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers and professionals working on the NYCAR. Congratulations to Representatives Grace Meng and Tom Suozzi on the passing of this important legislation.
April 5, 6:29 pm

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