MARTINS, CURRAN: NOISE POLLUTION IS AFFECTING LONG ISLANDERS’ QUALITY OF LIFE, AND THEIR HEALTH
FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (October 27, 2017) – Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins was joined today by Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) at a press conference in Malverne to talk about the important issue of airplane noise and its effect on local residents.
“Noise pollution resulting from air traffic from JFK and LaGuardia airports is a quality-of-life and health issue that far too many residents and homeowners across Nassau County face,” Martins said. “Nassau County residents deserve better, and their government should be doing as much as possible to find solutions to these kinds of problems.”
Martins suggested Nassau be ready to take action, much like what has happened in Montgomery County, Maryland, where officials have taken steps to sue the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the area’s increased noise pollution, and put the FAA on notice.
“If the FAA is not willing to work with local government and the community to help reduce noise pollution and keep our skies friendly, then as a county, our only recourse is to sue. As County Executive, I will direct our County Attorney to protect our families by getting the courts to require the FAA to follow the law,” Martins said. “Nassau County residents deserve action and results.”
Curran has introduced legislation (A.8283) requiring the New York State Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation to study and produce a report on the effects of air traffic from JFK and LaGuardia airports on the health of local residents.
Curran said, “Residents of both Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as New York City, are experiencing a declining quality of life due to the constant air traffic from both of these major airports. The noise pollution in these communities has increased and become a major problem as traffic patterns have shifted and planes on low approaches encroach on local neighborhoods”.
“Previous studies have shown there is a frequent deafening noise level that exceeds the day-night average noise level of 65 decibels,” said Curran. “This is a major issue at all times of day, particularly in the evenings, when residents are trying to sleep. I believe the usage of certain runways at night is contributing to this issue. This legislation will require the state to study the issue and make recommendations as to how we improve can the quality of life for communities surrounding these major airports.”
Curran’s legislation, modeled after a similar bill in the Illinois State Legislature, due to disappointment with a Part 150 Study not being extended to certain areas of his Assembly District including Lynbrook, Malverne, Rockville Centre, West Hempstead and Franklin Square. Roundtable discussions focused on airplane noise affecting Queens neighborhoods have been held, but not Nassau County communities.
As a State Senator, Martins worked to address airplane noise pollution, including sponsoring state Legislation that would call for a noise and land use compatibility survey to be conducted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that oversees the regional airports. He has successfully worked with villages throughout Nassau to get FAA and NYSDCE noise monitors installed and has advocated for the FAA to reduce the noise decibel threshold by 10 decibels.