Congressional Group Forms Quiet Skies Caucus

BY JOE MARVILLI

As part of the continued effort to alleviate airplane noise over residential neighborhoods in Queens, several members of the Borough’s Congressional delegation created a new committee.

On Oct. 1, U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Melville), Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City) announced the formation of the Queens Quiet Skies Caucus in Congress. The new group will work on the issue of airplane noise by raising awareness and searching for solutions.

“It is imperative that we continue to work on solutions to this problem and raising it to the national level through this new caucus is a very sensible way to do that,” Meng said.

The caucus includes members of the House of Representatives from across the country whose constituents are negatively affected by airplane and helicopter noise.

U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) are part of the caucus.

“I’m proud to join with Rep. Meng and colleagues from around the country whose constituents are facing a similar issue to create the Quiet Skies Caucus, which will work to find sensible solutions to this ongoing issue,” Israel said.

On Sept. 14, hundreds of protestors joined advocacy group Queens Quiet Skies at a rally in Cunningham Park to express their frustration with the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency created the new flight paths that have significantly increased plane noise over residential areas in Queens. The protestors and elected officials at the event called on the FAA to lower the limit of acceptable noise levels from overhead planes. So far, the agency has not responded to those requests.

“The Quiet Skies Caucus will provide a nationwide forum for advancing solutions, such as my Silent Skies Act, which would require airlines to begin stocking their fleets with newer, quieter aircraft,” Crowley said.

Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @JoeMarvilli

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