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Both technical advisory committees assembled by Port Authority to study airplane noise are made up largely of government agencies and airline industry professionals.

Northeast Queens residents want their voices heard loud and clear regarding airplane noise in their skies.

Community Board 7 (CB 7)of Flushing, Whitestone, and College Point is requesting that Borough President Melinda Katz push for more community stakeholder inclusion in advisory committees tasked with reducing airport noise pollution.

The technical advisory committees were created as part of Federal Airport Noise Compatibility Planning Part 150 Study undertaken by Port Authority at the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Both LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports are being studied by separate advisory groups as part of a larger roundtable discussion on the general issue of airplane noise.

Both committees are made up largely of government agencies and airline industry professionals, including representatives from various commercial airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Town of Hempstead, the Queens borough president and the city Department of Environmental Protection. The community is represented in one seat of each group by a member of NY Community Aviation Roundtable.

Community members are allowed to sit and listen to information presented in the open meetings, but they are barred from having any input during committee discussion and are instead relegated to speaking one at a time during a public participation session.

According to Warren Schreiber of the CB 7 Aviation Committee, the board will submit a letter to Katz asking her to request an increase of committee seats for community groups.

Schreiber disputed claims by Port Authority that community members will not be able to give meaningful input because they lack the technical knowledge of the other committee members. He said that the lived experience of those residing near airports were a valuable addition to the ongoing study.

“When we hear noise, we know what it is,” Schreiber said.

CB 7 Chair Eugene Kelty that it would increase transparency for all residents if there would more community stakeholders in the technical advisory committee. He believed that these representatives should be chosen from community boards to enable the efficient sharing of information with residents and other boards affected by the issue.

“We have a foothold in the area and we should have some type of access to the committee,” Kelty said, “and then we can communicate.”

Susan Carroll — a community activist who has been following the issue of airplane noise for years and participates as a representative of NY Community Aviation Roundtable — said that the advisory committee should have members personally familiar with different levels of noise caused by planes throughout the years. She says that as a longtime Flushing resident, she can notice a noise increase since a rerouting of low flying planes in 2012 dubbed “the Tennis Climb.”

“They need the community input because we’re the ones living with this noise,” Carroll said.


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Brian Will February 16, 2016 / 06:55PM
The entire issue, boiled down to a singular component, is a man named Warren Schreiber who has been waiting decades for a politically relevant title. Now he sees his chance, and he will use CB7 as a defacto replacement of Queens Quiet Skies as the driving force for aviation noise pollution advocacy in Queens. Good Luck, Warren. You will surely need it,Queens Quiet Skies began this fight, brought NYC out of the noise pollution dark ages, and most importantly, led the lobbying effort for both the roundtable and the Part 150. Warren Schrieber lacks the wit, adequate technical advisory staff and political support to lead Queens out of NextGen hell. That task will be taken up, as always, by Queens Quiet Skies. A core group of attorneys, judges, biologists, engineers and other professionals make up the governing membership of Queens Quiet Skies. The group also has initiated independent chapters in Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Flushing and Rosedale. Most importantly, the group is a family, uninterested in prestige, power, photo shoots and pointless positions. We enjoy broad political and community support, and will continue to do so. Please consider contacting Queens Quiet Skies today. We do not back down from fights, whether it be the FAA or the airlines. We will never stop. We are the TRUE, original, grass roots noise advocates in Queens and always will be.
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Lee February 18, 2016 / 20:27PM
Mr. Brian, only those involved in Queens Quiet Skies can care about airplane noise? I dedicate my time to many things, you clearly focus on spreading LIBEL and defamation of character.

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Kevin February 18, 2016 / 13:02PM
Dear Brian Will, You must have mistaken me for somebody else. I feel sorry for the Kevin whom you believe me to be. What I said was not an attack, but an observation. You sir, are self promoting.

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Brian Will February 18, 2016 / 03:18AM
Yeah, you guys are little bit "off" in your assessments, but that's what I've come to expect from internet warriors who are in no way involved in this important advocacy issue. Kevin, what have you done advance noise pollution causes in your recent history? Posting on behalf of Susan isn't really advocacy. But if you want to think that friendship with her is the key to noise pollution victory, post away. No one is listening. And Len, I can't really fault you since all you did was pray. Praying works, and god is real. I'll remind you the next time your slamming your fist on the table at the Port Authority meetings. Amen. Lee, who asked you to join QQS and who is disparaging a fellow "activist". I disparaged a political operative who turned our community driven roundtable into a toothless advisory board. The CB7 roundtable is the aviation noise equivalent of the Hollywood Squares. And to clarify: The FBI is interested in CB7 because of the Willets Point fiasco. I was front and center at the rally in Flushing Meadows. Just like you guys, right? Or do you just dedicate your time to snark on the internet? Lastly, I'm not the spokesman for QQS. I just happen to have tremendous respect for it. They got us to this point. Now it belongs to the machine. Post away, geniuses...

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Kevin February 17, 2016 / 08:30AM
Is this a joke? So much hypocrisy Brian. My thoughts exactly Lee. QQS by the hundreds? The website asks for donations, does that goto your personal coffers? You certainly can't be a proper spokesperson for a 'grassroots' organization. You must be a fake who is trying to defame and enflame. Or worse, you are actually a hateful person representing QQS which should have the opposite effect and a terrible argument against joining your 'group'.

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Lee February 17, 2016 / 07:47AM
Me. Brian, I don't think you need to be concerned about the Feds, you are not that important to them in sure. However, you should be on the lookout for the men in the white coats, as your rant shows a serious mental decline. QQS should seriously reconsider having you as their spokesman.

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Len schaier February 17, 2016 / 07:35AM
Lee, Amen Len Schaier

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Brian Will February 17, 2016 / 00:27AM
exclusive-feds-subpoena-cb-7-for-land-use-decisions SHHHHHHH! The FBI is listening. Wanna know why folks join our group by the hundreds? Let's talk about it on the QQS facebook page, shall we? I don't want the federal agents to find out that I'm bitter and hateful. I have a lot of friends at CB7. See ya soon, big guy...

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Lee February 16, 2016 / 19:43PM
To the above gentleman: why would anyone want to join Queens Quiet Skies when you represent them full of bitterness and hate towards one man? Isn't everyone supposed to work towards a common goal, and not disparage a fellow activist, in an effort to make yourself look better?

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