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Aircraft Noise Is Spreading

Aiming at quiet skies

The legislative council to State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), told a Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the legislator has submitted a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility survey as outlined under federal aviation regulations as well as biennial public hearings regarding aircraft noise

Rebecca Sheehan, Avella’s council, told a Feb. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the bill, introduced on Oct. 26, 2012, stems from an influx of complaints into Avella’s office.

“What started to occur in the summer of 2012, there was a huge number of complaints that were coming into the senator’s office pretty much on a daily basis from the entire northeast section of his district, which is Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck,” said Sheehan. 

As a result, Avella reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate residents’ claims of “incredibly low … incredibly frequent … [and] incredibly loud” planes flying overhead. 

In a meeting with the FAA, Avella learned that the agency was testing a new departure procedure out of LaGuardia off of runway 13, according to Sheehan. Avella was “distressed” that his office had not received notification of this test, which ran from February 2012 through August 2012. The FAA was “apologetic,” according to Sheehan, but did not follow up with Avella’s office once data from the test was reviewed. 

Instead, Avella “learned that a ‘categorical exclusion’ had been issued and an initial environmental review, had been done upon which the exclusion had been granted,” meaning that the test procedure is now going to be used as a regular procedure, Sheehan said. 

Asked by TVASNAC Executive Director Kendall W. Lampkin what the senator’s game plan will be, Sheehan said the senator will continue to forge ahead with requested meetings with not only the FAA but also with the Port Authority to demand change.

“This isn’t just about any specific neighborhood issue because everybody’s got their own specific things that are happening to them. … This is a much larger issue about how the FAA goes about doing its business,” Sheehan emphasized on behalf of Sen. Avella.

The next TVASNAC meeting will be held on Monday, March 25 at a location to be determined.


News

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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