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Community meetings on trains, jet noises today in Nassau County

Aircraft land and take off at Kennedy Airport.

Aircraft land and take off at Kennedy Airport. Nearby neighborhoods in Nassau County are concerned with jet noise and low-flying planes. (Aug. 13, 2012) Credit: Uli Seit

LIRR forum to answer commuter questions
Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting a forum Monday night with Long Island Rail Road representatives regarding the Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Seaford and Wantagh train stations.

Representatives from the LIRR are expected to discuss the stations, LIRR service and the LIRR’s responses to past requests and to answer questions from commuters. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.

Past issues raised include problems with escalators, stations repairs and railroad parking permits, officials said. -- AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Committee meeting to address jet noise
The Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee will host a meeting Monday evening to discuss concerns over low-flying planes and ways to control jet noise in communities near Kennedy Airport.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall, on Washington Street in Hempstead Village. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have been invited to attend.

Members of the 40-year-old coalition have called for equitable distribution of flights onto the airport’s eight runway approaches, a ban on low-flying planes and a reduction of late-night flights as a way to reduce aircraft noise.

Communities participating in the committee include Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, East Williston, Floral Park, Garden City, Hewlett Harbor, Inwood, Lawrence, Long Beach, Malverne, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, Valley Stream, and Woodsburgh.

FAA officials have said runway usage is determined by many factors, including wind direction, weather conditions, construction projects, and noise abatement procedures.

For more information, call the committee at 516-489-5000, ext. 3562.

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