BY JOE MARVILLI
Two members of the House of Representatives are calling on the Port Authority to soundproof schools affected by airplane noise.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) sent a joint letter to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s executive director, Patrick Foye, asking the agency to look into soundproofing schools in northeast Queens against airplane noise.
New flight patterns from LaGuardia Airport have created what is now known as the TNNIS climb. This path has led to planes regularly flying over Flushing, Bayside, Douglaston and other eastern Queens neighborhoods at low altitudes. That procedure, which has created an almost continuous stream of plane noise, was approved against the community’s wishes.
Multiple efforts to put an end to the TNNIS climb have had no luck so far.
The two elected officials are urging the Port Authority to work with Community District Education Council 26, which covers northeast Queens, to identify schools impacted by plane noise and to finance the soundproofing.
“The barrage of increased aircraft noise over Queens continues to impact the quality of life in the Borough, but it is imperative that we not let it affect our kids,” said Meng. “Our children should not be forced to attend schools where they need to wear earplugs during class. They deserve to be taught in quiet classrooms that are conducive to learning. For the sake of our kids’ education, it is critical that the Port Authority be [responsive] to reducing the impact of loud airplane noise over our schools.”
The Port Authority has already soundproofed 77 other schools in the New York and New Jersey area due to airplane noise, costing $286 million total.
“We must ensure that our children in Queens are able to learn without constant disruption from airplane noise,” Israel added. “It’s bad enough that the quality of life for many Queens residents is suffering due to new flight patterns; it’s even worse that it’s now affecting our children’s ability to learn.”
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