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Just Sayin’: Air control system faces staff shortage

Air traffic controllers in the tower at Kennedy

Air traffic controllers in the tower at Kennedy Airport in March 2017. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

Air control system faces staff shortage

Aviation is an economic engine that helps drive New York and the nation. However, we face a nationwide air traffic controller staffing crisis, with a 28-year low in the number of fully certified controllers. Nearly one-third of controllers are eligible to retire.

The problem could worsen. A harmful proposal being considered in Congress would eliminate the Federal Employees Retirement System annuity supplement paid to retiring air traffic controllers, law enforcement officers and firefighters, who are subject to mandatory retirement before age 62. Any reduction in retirement benefits could remove an incentive for controllers to stay on the job.

Fortunately, Rep. Peter King has been eager to learn more about air traffic control and the range of aviation issues that affect the safety and efficiency of the system. I’m grateful to him for his leadership in protecting the system.

David Romano, West Babylon

Editor’s note: The writer is an air traffic controller at the New York Center in Ronkonkoma.

Too much traffic on a residential street

I live in Brookhaven Town near the water. Improvements were made to Corey Beach, Flo’s Luncheonette and the short residential street I live on.

However, at Corey Beach, no thought was given to the overflow of visitors who park on my street. Flo’s was given permission to expand the bar and add about a dozen tables. We live 20 feet from this structure.

I’ve asked Brookhaven Town officials for help for two years, with nothing done.

Jacqueline Knoepffler, Blue Point

Wait for rebate from PSEG is too long

During the first week of June, a pool service company installed an energy-saving swimming pool pump that, according to PSEG Long Island, qualified for a rebate program. I submitted the requisite forms and proof that week.

Despite many phone calls, three months later, I have yet to receive the rebate. All I have received is a letter and a plethora of excuses telling me the rebate takes time and I should remain patient.

I believe more than 90 days should be sufficient.

Nathan Eichner, Smithtown