“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.