Murray, Ra Call on Governor to Sign Legislation that Protects Residents from Increased Aircraft Noise

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Assemblyman Ed Ra are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a crucial bill into law that will protect neighbors dealing with ear-piercing aircraft noise in their communities.

The state legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Ra and State Senators Kemp Hannon and Jack Martins, was crafted in the wake of recent revisions to landing and take-off tracks by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The legislation, passed by both the state Senate and Assembly, would mandate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports, to conduct a comprehensive study of aircraft noise over Long Island. Additionally, the legislation would require the Port Authority to hold biennial public hearings, providing residents a voice regarding aircraft noise issues.

In a letter written to the Governor, Murray emphasized the legislation’s importance in “providing a meaningful step in developing strategies to deal with this issue.”

“This legislation provides us with an important step in dealing with a problem that plagues many of our residents,” Murray said. “Aircraft noise is more than a nuisance, it is an issue that severely impacts the quality of life that our neighbors deserve.”“Our legislation helps provide neighbors with a strong voice when it comes to aircraft noise issues, while also requiring the Port Authority to conduct studies that have already been completed by numerous airports across the nation,” Ra said. “With the FAA’s recent changes, the time to act has never been more critical to protect our residents from ear-splitting aircraft noise.”

The Town of Hempstead has been at the forefront of aircraft issues, having established the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) many years ago to maintain dialogue between residents, the FAA and the Port Authority. If Governor signs the legislation into law, neighbors will have an even stronger voice, providing them with the ability to work directly with federal and state officials on proposals regarding landing and take-off patterns and routes.

“At Hempstead Town, we have been proactive in advocating for our neighbors who are affected by aircraft noise,” Murray said. “I want to thank Senator Kemp Hannon, Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Ed Ra for joining us in those efforts by sponsoring a critical piece of legislation that will protect our neighbors for generations. I’m hopeful that the Governor will sign the measure into law.”