On February 27, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-14th AD) joined over 100 residents at the Town-Village Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVSANAC) meeting. Curran spoke out against the inaction of the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the increased noise level of air traffic at JFK airport.
"Our primary job is to force the Port Authority and the FAA to acknowledge that there is a problem. Our community demands enforcement of the minimum flight altitude regulations, which are consistently being violated by pilots flying in and out of JFK. The complete disregard for and lack of enforcement of the minimum altitude regulation directly contributes to an increase in airplane noise,” said Curran.
"For over four years as Mayor of Lynbrook and now as the Assemblyman for the 14th District, I have been receiving countless airplane noise complaints from residents; and, for four years, I have been consistently told by the Port Authority and the FAA that there is no noise problem. The people of the 14th District and I are tired of being told there is no problem when clearly there is. I am writing the Port Authority and the FAA a letter demanding an explanation and action to resolve this issue," said Curran.
There has been an increase of 31.7 percent in the use of JFK runway number 22L, which is the primary runway for air routes over south shore communities in Nassau County. According to Port Authority statistics, air traffic controllers used runway 22L for 800 more overnight landings between September and December of 2011 than during the same period in 2010.
Also voicing their concerns at the committee meeting were Village of Valley Stream Trustee Virginia Clavin-Higgins and Village of Malverne Trustee Michael Bailey. There were no representatives from either the Port Authority or the FAA in attendance.