Apr 2, 2018
Newly enacted measure directs FAA to look at using more accurate metrics to measure effects of noise
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Queens), Tom Suozzi (D-L.I./Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx), Greg Meeks (D-Queens), Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn/Queens) and Kathleen Rice (D-L.I.), members of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, announced today that they have secured a provision in the newly enacted omnibus appropriations bill which directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to examine new methods of measuring aircraft noise in order to reduce the impact of excessive airplane noise over their districts.
The provision directs the FAA to continue evaluating alternative metrics to the Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) 65, the current national standard at which the agency determines acceptable levels of aircraft noise. Additionally, the provision directs the FAA to evaluate other methods to address community airplane noise concerns, and encourages the FAA to make these recommendations based on actual noise levels. Presently, measuring the impact of noise relies heavily on modeling and simulations to determine “annoyance” levels of aircraft noise over communities, and rarely takes into account actual noise on the ground.
“The metric of 65 DNL has long been outdated and does not adequately measure the true impact of aircraft noise,” said Rep. Meng. “That is why it’s time to for the FAA reevaluate it. The blistering sounds of airplane noise in Queens continues to negatively impact the quality of life of borough residents, and looking at a more accurate measurement of noise effects would go a long way towards creating quieter skies over our communities. I look forward to seeing what other metrics the FAA proposes.”
“Queens and Long Island residents deserve to live in peace and quiet,” said Rep. Suozzi. “This provision will require the FAA to take important steps in addressing noise reduction so people are not bombarded at all hours of the day and night. As co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the FAA is doing its part to tackle this issue and make a concerted effort to reduce airplane and helicopter noise across the country.”
“I’m deeply concerned about the long-term impact noise pollution has on the health and well-being of my neighbors in Queens and the Bronx,” said Rep. Crowley, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “Our communities have been burdened with a barrage of noise from airplanes and helicopters because of our proximity to two major airports, and this provision will help us better understand and curb the impact of noise pollution. It is important that the FAA realize the serious effects that noise pollution has our communities and take further steps to reduce these inconveniences.”
“The science on this topic is clear: the 65 DNL threshold is not a sufficient measure to protect Americans,” said Rep. Meeks. “But it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that current noise levels are simply too high in communities around our airports. I eagerly await the FAA’s findings on alternative metrics, and I know many of my constituents do, as well. It is long past time for the FAA to route flight paths more thoughtfully.”
“Deafening airplane noise that incessantly pollutes many neighborhoods in New York City is an unacceptable scourge that must be corrected,” said Rep. Jeffries. “We have committed ourselves to taking up that fight. The FAA must find an effective solution to this problem. This appears to be a step in the right direction.”
“It’s clear that the current metric to determine acceptable levels of airplane noise is flawed,” said Rep. Rice. “Long Islanders have long endured disruptive airplane noise and I am hopeful that the FAA’s reevaluation will lead to quieter skies for all.”
The omnibus appropriations bill was signed into law on March 23.
Senator Tony Avella has introduced his Architectural District Bill to allow for the creation and recognition of architectural districts statewide. I urge every member to write letters to:
Senator John J. Flanagan
Leader NYS Senate
260 Middle County Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
1250 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461
Tell them who you are and ask them to support Senate Bill S1531. You can send an email or a letter but letters are better. Each letter gets logged and responded to, the more letters they get, the more attention this bill will receive. If the Senate receives 300 letters it will send a much stronger message than 30 letters. We must continue to be the squeaky wheel. Our community is incredibly unique and worth the fight! So let’s get it done!
Many community members – but not all – know that the McGoldrick Public Library at 155th St. and Roosevelt Ave. was named in honor of St. Andrew Avellino’s founding pastor Rev. Edward F. McGoldrick.
A strong advocate for education and knowing that one day he would establish a school, Father McGoldrick was instrumental in uniting the community to have a library established almost a century ago. He served on the Queens Borough Public Library Board of Trustees for many years. The library was recently renovated and on Tues. Nov. 28 at 3 PM there will be a special dedication ceremony hosted by QPL President Dennis Walcott.
Rev. Joseph T. Holcomb will offer a benediction. The St. Andrew Avellino Academy Chorus will perform and a beautiful plaque honoring Father McGoldrick will be unveiled.
Refreshments will be served. All are invited.
NOTE: Unfortunately parking in the Murray Hill shopping center lot is reserved for SHOPPERS ONLY! Others will be TOWED.
Joseph Brostek, SAA Parish Historian
See below for press release from Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, NYC Parks – August 29, 2017:
NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Member Paul Vallone, Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn McAndrews, and local community members to cut the ribbon on $1.5 million in improvements to Bowne Park’s playground. The project was funded by Borough President Katz and Council Member Vallone, and re-opened to the community earlier this month.
“The renovation of Bowne Park’s playground is imaginative and inspired, and the newly completed space is sure to be a hit with the countless young people who come here to play,” said Commissioner Lewandowski. “With a whimsical nod to the park’s wildlife, brand new swings and basketball courts, there are features for all ages to enjoy. We are excited for this new chapter at Bowne Park and thankful to our local elected officials for investing in this treasured space.”
“Bowne Park’s new playground and the future work still to come will revitalize this space and turn it into a jewel in which this neighborhood can take pride,” said Borough President Katz. “While the park has always been an oasis for generations, it has had its share of neglect. Now, thanks to the commitment of Council Member Vallone and Parks, North Flushing will have a better park to better serve the growing families of North Flushing.”
“It was great to stand with our Borough President, NYC Parks, and our community as we cut the ribbon to unveil the incredible changes and bright future for this wonderful park,” stated Council Member Vallone. “Bowne Park has always been a gem in North Flushing and these wonderfully inspired upgrades will ensure the park can be enjoyed by children and their families for years to come. We now turn our sights to the refurbishment of Bowne Park’s iconic pond and I look forward to working with the community and Parks to ensure this second phase moves swiftly.”
The newly reconstructed amenity features treehouse-inspired playground equipment for kids aged 2-5 and 6-12, and an expanded spray shower with a turtle theme to pay homage to the park’s popular native wildlife. Painted games, new swings and a full renovation of the basketball courts complete the project and offer expanded opportunities for recreation. New benches will be installed throughout the space to allow park visitors to take a seat and relax.
The Bowne Park Field House is also nearing completion, with the comfort station already open to the public, and the interior operations room set to reopen this fall. That project was funded in part by former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, with additional Mayoral funding, and includes a complete interior and exterior renovation that will improve the functionality of the structure, while providing energy efficiency and full ADA compliance.
Bowne Park is an 11-acre gem in Flushing, Queens. The park features a pond which is home to a family of turtles, and is named in honor of Walter Bowne (1770-1846), who served as a State Senator and as New York City Mayor. A new filtration system for the pond is currently in the design phase.
Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Borough President Melinda Katz & Council Member Paul Vallone cordially invite you to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bowne Park Playground.
The event takes place Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at 11 a.m.
It will be located at 29th Ave & 159th St