Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.
Based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer). We believe that Schumer’s voting record and support of Senator
Maria Cantwell were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrating noise. In addition, the technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. The senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the New York area than about quality of life.
Schumer is acting alone and contrary to the wishes of other elected federal officials in the New York metro area. In fact, He was the only elected federal official from the metro area who voted for HR 658. That bill gave the FAA full reign to abuse residents by including what is termed a Categorical Exclusion (CATEX). The CATEX wording in HR 658 allows the FAA to avoid doing the environmental reviews that have historically been required to evaluate the environmental impact of changes to our airspace and associated procedures.
Schumer has refused to meet with the public to discuss these issues, nor has he attended meetings on the aircraft noise and pollution issues.
Quietskies.net therefore requests that Schumer convene a public meeting before Election Day to answer our concerns.
— Len Schaier, President