Sen. Brooks wants to slow down Republic Airport redevelopment
State Sen. John Brooks wants the state comptroller to retract a request for proposals on a development plan for Republic Airport.
Neighbors of the airport like Ray Berke say noise from passing jets can be overwhelming.
"I actually had a ceiling crack one time, a few years ago," Berke says.
So potential plans to expand the state-owned airport have raised concerns.
"They are proposing to have more jet flights going into and out of Republic Airport," says Jessica Santangelo, also of East Farmingdale. "So we want to know how many more, and what's going to be the impact of those extra jets on us."
The state recently sent out a request for proposals, also known as an RFP, to develop five sections of the airport. A private jet company called Talon Air, which already operates a hangar at Republic, won the contract.
Brooks says only three companies submitted development plans. In fact, he says, some companies that operate inside the airport didn't even know about the RFP. He wants the comptroller to consider more proposals
"Our obligation is to try to get as many entities applying for this proposal, so we can make the best choice," Brooks says. "When we wind up with just a handful, that's a problem."
Neighbors also want to know if the state plans to schedule more commercial and cargo flights to the airport.
"Those are things we do not want to see happen to our neighborhood," Santangelo says.
Talon Air did not immediately respond to a News 12 request for comment.
The plan still requires approval from the comptroller and attorney general to advance.