Ten representatives and the state's two senators signed a letter sent to Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, earlier this week requesting the agency create the committee.
Similar advisory committees already exist in other metropolitan areas, including San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta, to address quality of life issues for residents living near airports.
“It is simple common sense to say that the largest metropolitan area in the country should have an airport advisory committee like the one we are proposing, a body that would help increase quality of life for locals,” said Schumer. “With the creation of this committee, those affected by airplane noise can provide a more united front to their elected officials, the aviation community and the FAA.”
Last year, the Federal Aviation Authority authorized a new flight pattern out of LaGuardia airport that has dramatically increased noise complaints in northeast Queens. The FAA implemented the change without holding public hearings or allowing elected officials to comment on the changes.
“It’s time for residents of the New York area to have a single, united voice when it comes to fighting against airport-related issues that impact our region,” said Meng. “An airport advisory committee would ensure that all the concerns of community leaders, civic groups and residents are heard, and that real, viable solutions are reached.”