Lawmakers seek support for aircraft noise bill

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Two Nassau politicians are calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign a bill they said would help protect county residents from air traffic noise at Kennedy Airport.

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) issued a statement on Monday that asked the governor to sign off on the bill, which they said would "protect neighbors dealing with ear-piercing aircraft noise in their communities."

The statement was motivated in part by an environmental assessment released by the Port Authority this month that included a proposal to lengthen a runway at JFK, Mike Deery, a Murray spokesman, said.

The bill, which passed the Assembly and State Senate earlier this year, would require the Port Authority to conduct a study of aircraft noise over Long Island. The new law would also require the Port Authority to hold public hearings where residents could voice concerns about aircraft noise every two years.

"Our legislation helps provide neighbors with a strong voice when it comes to aircraft noise issues, while also requiring the Port Authority to conduct studies that have already been completed by numerous airports across the nation," said Ra, who sponsored the bill, in the statement.

The governor's attorneys are still reviewing the bill, Rich Azzopardi, a Cuomo spokesman, said. The governor has until the end of the year to sign the bill into law.

New Jersey's state legislature must also pass the measure for it to take effect.

Sens. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Jack Martins (R-Mineola) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

Members of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee, established by Hempstead decades ago, have also called for more equitable distribution of flights onto Kennedy's runways.

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