1999-10-30 / Letters

Dear Responds To Stabile

Dear Editor;

(Regarding the article "Stabile Urging City Council Act on Airport Resolution")

The Transportation Committee of the New York City Council is greatly concerned with the harmful effects of airport noise, and we have held hearings and passed numerous resolutions on this matter. And the resolutions offered by Council Member Stabile that are in support of Congress’ "Silent Skies Act" and the State Legislature’s "Bubble Bill" will be considered for hearings. The article states that these resolutions will seek to eliminate excessive noise and emissions generated by JFK and LaGuardia. This is somewhat misleading. These resolutions are a show of support for—and summarize—existing state and federal pieces of legislation (Bubble Bill and Silent Skies Act). Holding hearings is probably not prudent for resolutions that only offer commendations.

Let us also be reminded that the author of the "Silent Skies Act," Congressman Anthony Weiner, supported legislation that eventually eliminated flight limits at JFK and LaGuardia Airports. Airlines are still receiving exemptions to the High Density Rule from the government that can add up to 75 daily flights. He also supported a bill that would allow for small jets flying into JFK and LaGuardia without restrictions that begins in March. None of these measures will make our skies more silent or improve anyone’s quality of life. Maybe future hearings should focus on our disappointment with our congressional representation to effectively reduce airport noise.

NOACH DEAR

CHAIRMAN,

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

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