Residents Want More Noise Monitors Installed, Local Pols Agree

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Noise from low flying planes is soaring sky-high, according to residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports.

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The low flying planes are rattling homes and nerves on Long Island, CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.

“The incoming is low, rattles our home, it’s horrible,” East Hills resident Clara Pomerantz said.

New flight patterns have routed lower flying planes over the North Shore more frequently over the past year prompting residents to ask the Port Authority to install noise monitors to get a better read on the problem.

“It gives us ammunition to say they are flying too low and you can’t have every plane going over us,” East Hills Village Mayor Michael Koblenz said, “Spread it out a little bit. they can put some over the Atlantic and not everyone’s homes.”

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have joined residents in the push for more noise monitors. Members of Long Island’s Congressional delegation have also taken up the cause and said that airports around the rest of the country do a much better job monitoring noise.

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Airports in Boston and Los Angeles each have thirty noise monitors, Kennedy has ten, LaGuardia only has four.

“Our noise monitor has been registering 68 DNL which is decible noise levels. The World Health has 65 as the acceptable limit,” said Gerry Bambrick, a spokesman for the Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee.

Residents want the data to be used to pressure the Federal Aviation Administration to change flight patterns. The FAA does not take ground noise into account.

“There are things they can do,” said New York Senator Jack Martins, “They can reroute planes over the sound, they can reroute planes over the bay away from our suburban communities.”

Daily noise levels will be posted online by the Port Authority, but with too few monitors the whole story will not be heard, residents said.

New monitors would be paid for by the Port Authority. The Port Authority did not respond to CBS 2’s request for a comment.

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