I am a resident of Albertson, where my neighbors and I have, for the last few weeks, been continuously subjected to huge, low-flying aircraft passing directly over our homes.
It used to be more sporadic months ago but now it is constant. My neighbors and I suffer from lack of sleep and we cannot even talk outside. One neighbor said he saw rain coming off the wings once and I was able to read, "Air Berlin.com" on the underbelly of a plane as it flew over my home! That's how close they fly.
The 5,000 to 10,000 feet that the FAA states is totally false. More important are the environmental issues - the toxic fumes and spewed fuel that are so dangerous to our health.
I have written to Sen. Schumer, Congressman Ackerman and Mr. Namgano wthout any success; each office has either redirected me to another office that in turn redirected me to still another office or has told me that they are unaware of the noise or sent me automated replies.
There is no need to fly over Long Island! Whatever the FAA wants to accomplish will come off the backs of hard working people who wish to preserve their health, their investment in their homes and a good quality of life.
I feel that our representatives in office should represent us on this issue. It is time for Congressman Ackerman, who is so concerned about environmental problems, and other politicians to take a direct stand for their constituants and not pass this vital issue on to others.
If you want your voice to be heard, you can attend the Town-Village-Aircraft-Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) meeting that will be held this month on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Lawrence Village Hall (516)239-9166).
This forum is open to all. Guest FAA speakers will be Jeff Clarke, senior manager, FAA eastern region, and David Siewart, manager, JFK Tower. I plan to be there!