Rep. Suozzi to FAA: Air traffic noise still an issue in Nassau

Nassau officials are demanding an explanation from the FAA as to why Nassau residents are still dealing with airplane noise after they seemingly struck a deal over the summer.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2019, 4:29 PM

Updated 1,709 days ago

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Nassau officials are demanding an explanation from the FAA as to why Nassau residents are still dealing with airplane noise after they seemingly struck a deal over the summer. 
It was back in June when Rep. Tom Suozzi and other officials thought they had hammered out a deal with the FAA to reduce air traffic noise over Long Island neighborhoods. However, Rep. Suozzi says the FAA never implemented the plan which called for using alternate runways and require aircraft to fly at higher altitudes.
When News 12 questioned the FAA about what Suozzi called “an agreed-upon plan,” the agency said in a statement: “Effective Sept. 6 – when operationally feasible – the aircraft using these approaches will be kept at their highest possible altitude for the arrival phase of the flight.”
Suozzi told News 12, “Sept. 6 has long past and it's still bad.”
The FAA also blamed the increase in airplane noise on work being done this summer on one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways.
Seymour Spiegel, of Jericho, isn't buying that explanation. He says the parade of low-flying jets over his neighborhood for years has him upset. His neighborhood is 22 miles from JFK airport.
“It bothers me to be deprived of peace and quiet. I think we are all entitled to that,” he says.
Rep. Suozzi says he has requested a meeting with the head administrator of the FAA in Washington D.C. He wants the top FAA officials to implement the procedures needed to alleviate air traffic noise.


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