PA Holds Second Noise Roundtable

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Port Authority’s airplane noise studies have hit the runway. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority to conduct noise studies and establish a community roundtable to address airplane noise over residential neighborhoods. The Port Authority held its second roundtable last Wednesday alongside the Federal Aviation Administration. The […]

Port Authority Details Plans For Wage Hikes

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released its new minimum wage policy on Friday for all 12,000 employees under non-trade labor service contracts at all Port Authority facilities and it will be implemented first at LaGuardia, JFK International and Newark Liberty airports. As of July 31, wages […]

Meng Highlights Customs Efforts

As summer air travel moves into high gear, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) highlighted recent efforts to reduce long lines for customs inspections, particularly at JFK Airport in New York, and she urged Homeland Security officials to continue to reduce wait times. Earlier this year, Meng voted for and the President signed into law the […]

Airport Workers Demand Higher Pay

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Airport workers made their message loud and clear last week: they want to be paid a living wage. To make sure they got their point across, hundreds of workers from both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports marched into the headquarters of Aviation Safeguard, a contractor who hires airline workers, […]

Settlement Reached For JFK, LGA Workers

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Airport employees that are working on minimum wage will finally get some well-earned money. Attendants working at both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports will receive money they are owed, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The Attorney General’s office reached a $20,000 settlement with AirServ Corporation, an airline industry […]

Time To Focus On Equal Pay

More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law, which sought to abolish wage disparity based on sex. It is unfortunate that, half a century later, that disparity still exists, punishing millions of women with lower wages. While the wage disparity has improved over time, the […]

Airport Workers Rally For Better Pay

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer In September of last year, Wendy Arellano, a Queens mother of two, had to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life. “I had to send my kids to live with my mother in Long Island. They were spending too much time by themselves,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Noise Study To Review Airplane Disruptions

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After months of complaining about the airplane noise that looms over the inner communities living close to LaGuardia and JFK airports, last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive review of the noise issues. “Airport noise is rightly an […]

Cuomo Pushes For Plane Noise Relief

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of struggling with jet engines roaring above their heads, Queens residents may soon have some relief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 24 that he has sent multiple directives to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking it to put more effort into monitoring airplane […]