Queens Quiet Skies to host rally protesting plane noise
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 11, 2014 | 15309 views | 3 3 comments | 394 394 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Queens Quiet Skies, a local group fighting the changes made by the FAA they say are the reason behind the increase in plane noise and pollution across parts of Queens and Nassau County, are holding a rally on Sunday, September, 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Cunningham Park at Union Turnpike and 196th Street.

“The more we can tell them how upset we are, the more likely they will help us with what we are trying to do,” said Bob Whitehair, the vice president with Queens Quiet Skies, of the rally's intent to influence local elected officials.

Whitehair explained that the plane noise has spiked due to a lack of regulation of the newly implemented NextGen flight technology, something he says should have undergone an environmental study before its launch with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

“They have just been sneaking it in,” he said. “Getting this out there, getting energy behind it and getting the elected officials to learn about how upset these people are is what this is all about.”

Queens Quiet Skies member Susan Carroll said the group has already confirmed attendance from congress members Grace Meng and Steve Israel, assembly members Ron Kim, Edward Braunstein and David Weprin, State Senator Tony Avella, council members Daniel Dromm, Peter Koo, Paul Vallone and Mark Weprin, former comptroller John Liu, and a “few more probable and maybes, pending schedules.”

“We want this to be as big of a turnout as possible, but we want to educate people,” Carroll said. “We are hoping to get people from Brooklyn and the Bronx as well.”

Arline Bronzaft of GrowNYC will also speak on the effects of plane noise and air pollution.

“I think people are getting frustrated, and this is going to bring people out to hear that this is just unacceptable,” Carroll added.

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James from Queens
September 16, 2014
Now is the time to kick Schumer out of the office, cause he is the real cause of this mess. He voted for NextGen and he has done nothing the past two years to reverse it or correct it. He just writes generic letters to FAA. I am sure the airline industry is very thankful to him.

John from queens, you either deaf or dumb to make such comments. The only terrorists around here are the airlines who fly their planes right above our heads, causing us all kinds of health issues.
Joe Brostek
September 12, 2014
Now is the time for the people's voices to drown out the airplanes!

John from queens
September 14, 2014
I find this to be a waste of time. We live in a boro with two airports. This is such a waste of resource and face time. It's a shame these nonsensical causes clog up our political system already overburdened with real pressing issues like homeland security. I'm more worried about who flies over our skies than the noise and pollution the engines make. Truthfully, who cares?