Resident Praises EAB's Efforts to Alleviate Airplane Noise

Leo Stimmler commends Environmental Advisory Board chairman's "candid and civil" leadership in the fight.

While enjoying Memorial Day weekend barbecues in Garden City's west end, Leo Stimmler said the noise from low-flying planes made it difficult to have a conversation with somene just feet away.

The quality of life issue has been ongoing for many village residents, reaching its peak during the summer, as the frequency of planes come in for landing at JFK airport increases.

Stimmler praised trustee Laurence Quinn's "candid and civil" leadership as chairman of the village's Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), which has been battling the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority to more fairly distribute the frequency of low-flying aircraft over the village with other surrounding communities.

"I don't go to all of your noise abatement committee meetings but the meetings that I do go to - you know you're science background, your persistence and your diligence and the hard work I see with those sheets you bring and you have a very candid and civil way of advocating for all of us," Stimmler, an EAB member himself, said. "I especially like the fact that there are a number of people in this village who are upset with the airplane noise and you have a wonderful gift of bringing us all together."

Quinn said a "good core of individuals" have been relentlessly working on this issue - not just him. "There are several people that you will hear me praise fifteen times over when we finally get a resolution to this issue, which is rapidly coming to a head," he said.

Quinn was poised to meet with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy to discuss the issue but a cancellation on the congresswoman's behalf has put the meeting on hold.

"The meeting was imminent but did not happen," said Quinn, who also attended a recent [Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee] meeting, where FAA and Port Authority representatives were not in attendance.

"They promised us they'd be at the June meeting," he said. "We've posed all of our questions and they now have a full month to gather their information and respond to our queries."

D.R.St-Jacques June 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I do believe that the time to be most proactive, regarding this noise matter was when the FAA very early on published both a map of JFK airport and the surroundings and indicated the changes in the flights both incoming and outgoing and the neaighborhoods that these planes would be tracking over. This article indicated that there would be increased usage of the longest runway, I believe that it is #22, and that there would be more heavy aircraft, for example the jumbo Airbus coming and going. Personally I am very concerned over large aircraft tracking directly over some of out schools. Best regards. D.R. St-Jacques
LJ June 20, 2011 at 11:17 PM
I don't recall seeing any maps published about the new runway at Kennedy, but if I had, its doubtful I would have made the connection about exactly how close the planes would actually be to my home. The noise over Garden City is terrible lately, I even hear it well past midnight when all my windows are closed and the A/C is turned on. And now I hear that McArthur Airport is inviting MORE plane traffic? Guess what folks, that stuff will be traveling right over us one way or the other. I agree with the person who said they did not like the planes flying right over local schools. In truth an effort should be made to reduce plane traffic over all heavily populated areas. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. Remember the plan that crashed on the North Shore a few years ago, in John Macenroe's back yard? Quite a few killed as I recall. Frankly it could have been worse.
Frank Scarangella June 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Jack O'Niel June 21, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Carolyn only cares about airplanes with guns because those are bad m'kay?
D.R.St-Jacques June 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM
This information appeared in an issue of Newsday, early this year, possibly Feb. It showed a map of JFK Airport that was superimposed on a map of the lower S/W quadrent of Nassau County. And this article indicated by graphics, the possible new flight patterns of planes landing and departing. It became evident that we in Garden City were going to receive increased air traffic as was some of our neighbors. I will try to retrieve this article and map. best regards. D.R. St-Jacques


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