Broad Channel, Bayswater to receive noise monitors
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 03, 2014 | 2739 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following numerous noise complaints as a result of low-flying planes from the communities surrounding JFK International Airport, the Port Authority has agreed to install additional airplane noise monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel.

The additional monitors come on the heels of a recently signed agreement between the Port Authority and Environmental Science Associates to conduct a federal Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study for both JFK and LaGuardia airports over the next three years.

Rockaway resident Marilyn Chapoteau said she is happy to hear that steps are finally being taken towards addressing the problem in her community.

“This monitor will provide accurate levels of airplane noise that residents are exposed to,” Chapoteau said. “This information will be a useful tool in the fight to reduce airplane noise in our community.”

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sent a letter to the FAA and the Port Authority requesting the monitors back in September, after numerous constituents began showing their frustration with the noise levels.

“While we understand our close proximity to the airport comes with certain challenges, new technology upgrades and noise mitigation techniques can allow our families to sleep more peacefully at night,” Goldfeder said. “Installing these noise monitors will go a long way to accurately monitor noise impact on local communities and hopefully lead to relief for our hard-working families.”

Broad Channel Civic Association president Dan Mundy noted that his community is the only one that is adjacent to the airport that does not currently have any monitors.

“This monitor will record all airplane noise that our island residents experience and will be critical as the Port Authority conduct their Part 150 noise study,” Mundy said.

Following the installation of the noise monitors, residents will be able to access the readings through a flight tracking system on the agency’s website to see just how loud the planes really are.

“We look forward to working with our elected officials and the Port Authority, as well as our neighbors on the developing airport roundtable panel, to seek ways to reduce the impact of airplane flight noise on affected communities," Mundy said.

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