NORTH HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — One Long Island town is taking new steps to fight overhead aircraft noise residents say pollutes their peaceful skies.
The Town of North Hempstead has created two aircraft noise committees in 2015 to help advocate for reduction in overhead aircraft noise.
Now, Supervisor Judi Bosworth has announced a newsletter will provide residents with updates on meetings between the committees and the Federal Aviation Administration, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
“Well if you were to ask residents, they say it hasn’t gotten better,” Bosworth said. “I know that our Senator Chuck Schumer has made changes to the height that helicopters can fly at so that I think has been a help.”
Bosworth also encouraged any residents with concerns to call 311 or to email her directly.
“These are all things that are regulated by the FAA,” Bosworth said. “I’ll get emails from residents in the community saying, you need to do something. What we’re doing is having these representatives advocating as strongly as we can.”
Last year, the FAA installed five portable aircraft noise monitors around the Town of North Hempstead and in the Town of Hempstead. The monitors were placed under John F. Kennedy flight paths 15 miles or more from the airport — in Old Brookville, East Hills, Roslyn Heights, Franklin Square, and Malverne.
The move came after a wave of complaints from East Hills residents.
In 2015, FAA said 65 decibels of noise is acceptable. But the threshold has been disputed by several health studies.