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McCarthy Calls for Hotline for Airplane Noise Complaints

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy writes to federal and state authorities about excessive airplane noise.

In response to complaints from her constituents about excessive airplaine noise in the area, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is calling on federal and state authorities to work together to address the problem.

McCarthy wrote to officials earlier this month, asking them to clearly delineate their jurisdictions and create a joint toll-free hotline for noise complaints, which she says would help citizens cut through the red tape of two large agencies and resolve the problem of increasing airplane noise.

In the Oct. 7 letter to FAA Regional Administrator Carmine Gallo and Port Authority Director of Aviation Susan Baer, McCarthy wrote, “I have heard from residents all over my district expressing their concern regarding the number of airplanes that fly over their homes."

The residents told McCarthy that they have noticed an increase in the volume of planes in recent months and an increase in flyovers in the middle of the night.

"It is imperative that all related agencies take part in mitigating noise levels," McCarthy wrote, requesting the two agencies attend the Oct. 24 meeting of the with responses to her inquiries.

“We can all agree, as public servants, that one of our goals is to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people we serve," she wrote. "Reducing aircraft noise is one example of where we can achieve this goal."

In the past, McCarthy has taken multiple legislative actions to address aircraft noise abatement, including successfully sponsoring an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act that encouraged the Port Authority to conduct a noise study focusing on the areas surrounding JFK and LaGuardia Airports. She also introduced H.R. 6364, the Noise Reduction Act, which would have provided a tax credit for the installment of noise abatement technologies for individuals who wish to soundproof their homes.

over the noise levels and frequency of the planes in recent months, to look into joining TVASNAC, which includes representatives from Floral Park, New Hyde Park, East Williston, Inwood, Atlantic Beach, Valley Stream, Cedarhurst, Hewlett Harbor, Island Park, Lawrence, Long Beach, Stewart Manor, Woodsburgh and Garden City.

At the October village board meeting, McDonald said New York Assemblyman Brian Curran was working on addressing the air traffic noise too.

Stay with Patch for more developments on this issue.

Peter Robideau October 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I hope something goods comes of this. The other night I thought a plane was going to land in my bedroom at 1:45 am!
Jessica Cruz October 18, 2011 at 01:58 PM
It was last Friday nighht as I was tucking in my daughters to bed. I heard the plane overhead. Then a minute later, another. So I started to count between "planes". They were flying overhead every 65 seconds!! I stopped after the 12th plane!
Tom Grech October 18, 2011 at 03:28 PM
So our vaunted congresswoman wrote a letter to the FAA?
Jonathan Ezor October 18, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Beautiful shot of the A380, though! (And it's a modern aircraft, with modern noise-reduction efforts in its engines.) {Jonathan}
dan October 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM
In Malverne we were told that it would be temporary while the runway was being repaired.The temporary inconvenience has now become a constant irritation. It is impossible to have a telephone conversation or entertain in our yards without someone asking "what is that noise, everyone pauses and a few minutes later...here comes another. I don't believe this issue was ever intended to be a temporary inconvenience After enough time they (airport) expect people to become complacent because its our nature.
vwozniak November 29, 2011 at 02:05 AM
val I reside in Elmont Nassau County. The last few months have been unbearable. Can't go to sleep because of plane after plane after plane one right on top of the other. The the noise also wakes me early morning we are talking 3:30 4am. I don't even fly. Last time I checked I did not purchase a home by an airport. As i sit here and leave a comment counting planes one after another after another.
Garrett February 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I live in Wiliston Park along this dreaded runway 22l approach. The planes used to be annoying, but recently , the noise has been torture. Sometimes it is 2 planes a minute!. The airport used to give me a 4 hour break between 1 and 5 am, now they fly 24 hours a day!. We have to be able to sue the airport. WE have to hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

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