State seeks study of airplane noise
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Valley Stream Trustee Virginia Clavin-Higgins is the village’s liaison to the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee. She said that passing the bill would make it clear to the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration that residents are not satisfied with the noise levels from airplanes. “We’re not saying, ‘Oh, we live by the airport, too bad,’” she said. “We are going to try to keep them honest and keep them addressing it as much as we can.”
Clavin-Higgins said she has been in touch with Valley Stream’s representatives in the Assembly and hopes something positive comes from the bill, especially for the summer, when people spend more time outside.
Planes arriving on runway 22L at JFK fly over the western edge of the village before landing.
Both Ra and Curran said they had received a large number of complaints from their constituents about airplane noise and wanted to do something about it. Curran said that a noise study would lead to a constructive conversation with the Port Authority about what the problems are and how they can be fixed.
“It elevates the conversation, and hopefully the FAA and Port Authority are paying attention to it when deciding the use of runways and flight patterns,” Ra said. “Once the study has been done … it opens up federal funding for mitigation measures.”