U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said this week that aircraft noise over New York and Long Island will be reduced by procedural changes the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered.
The new procedure will reduce noise over Huntington Station, Huntington, East Norwich, Old Brookville, Roslyn, East Williston, and New Hyde Park, they said.
Under the new procedures, all aircraft flying into JFK airpor must maintain the highest operational altitude as long as possible when conditions, traffic volume, and workload permit. All aircraft landing at JFK must remain at or above 3,000 feet until they are within 15 miles of JFK. Suozzi and Schumer have been working with the FAA and residents to safely implement procedures to reduce aircraft noise following thousands of complaints from New York residents.
“For years, aircraft noise has been crushing our neighborhoods across Nassau County. Many of the folks who have experienced some of the worst noise don’t even live particularly close to the airports,” said Suozzi. “Today’s announcement brings a welcome respite to the people of Long Island who have been forced to endure unnecessary airplane noise disrupting their lives. Thank you to Senator Schumer, the FAA, and everyone else who helped make this possible.”
“Today’s actions by the FAA mark a huge sigh of relief for thousands of Long Islanders living underneath JFK’s flight path,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “After delivering thousands of complaints for low flying and noisy planes overhead, the FAA has finally heeded our call and the cries of neighbors by agreeing to implement this new plan to ameliorate the headache-inducing low-flying planes. Congressman Suozzi and I will continue to monitor noise levels and assess this most recent plan’s progress alongside the community and other stakeholders.”