2009-08-07 / Letters

Planes Over Rockaway Beach

Dear Editor,

Those among us who read The New York Times daily learned this past February that JFK's main runway would be closed for renovations starting in April. As the air traffic over Rockaway Beach's roofs has become increasingly unbearable over the past two years, I was afraid that would make the situation even worse, but it has not. People are being fooled by the Port Authority of New York and New

Letters Jersey, which runs the airport, into believing that this is a temporary situation. It's been this way for a while and is only escalating!

Is there anyone left between Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway who has any concern about low flights and night flights getting in and out of JFK? I don't see anything addressing the issue among the letters published by The Wave. Would it be because Howard Schwach does not publish them? He is a resident of Rockaway's west end, across which planes do not fly anymore (thanks to well organized lobby). Is he afraid that attracting attention may bring back flights over his house? Let see if he publishes this letter.

Who is going to rescue us? Where is Lew Simon who "gets things done"? Keeping quiet so that he can also sleep peacefully in Belle Harbor where he lives?

Rockaway has a large unionized population and one can't help but wonder why the "brothers" of the Airline Pilots Association International and the National Air Controllers Association don't show a little "solidarity" by directing low and night flights over Neponsit or Breezy Point once in a while, so that we, families of unionized cops, fighters, building engineers, construction workers, plumbers and electricians, sandhogs and others, could sleep peacefully sometimes.

The people of Rockaway Beach, Averne, Edgemere and Far Rockaway should be aware that they are overwhelmingly carrying the burden for the whole peninsula, as well as for the Nassau County communities that are not located immediately over the New York City border. If they don't react to this situation, things can only become worse.


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