The FAA Reauthorization Bill, S.1405, is scheduled to pass the Senate this month. Among its worst provisions is Section 5017, which addresses supersonic aircraft. This section: Exempts supersonic aircraft from existing Stage 4 and Stage 5 noise standards, instead requiring that they be as noisy as the largest airliners today (§...
Westchester County’s next public hearing on June 25 at 7pm covers airport operations. As with the past two hearings, we encourage concerned citizens to attend and discuss the impact the airport has had on their lives. The situation at Westchester County Airport today is already unacceptable. The airport’s continuing growth has led to decreases in property values, dramatic increases in noise complaints, and a public outcry that swept Rob Astorino and others from elected office.
Westchester County Airport is an important piece of infrastructure, but it is also a major source of pollution. The airport needs to remain fully accountable to the public in order to maintain balance between the services the airport provides and the pollution it causes. Obviously, this precludes handing over governance of the airport to a private entity. However, any change that turns the airport into a profit center, whether for the county or for a private party, will almost certainly lead to expansion and a weakening of governance and accountability.
Westchester County Airport is unique. It is located next to the water supply for over nine million people in Westchester and NYC. It is also located in a residential area whose citizens expect and deserve the quiet enjoyment of their homes. The airport's air, water, and noise pollution represent important public health issues. Thus, the master plan should explicitly reject any expansion of airport capacity.
- Contact your legislator to demand that they vote no on privatization and on the airport master plan.
- Ask your town government to get involved and lobby the legislature. Here are some useful sample emails.
- Sign the online petition to the county Board of Legislators.
We are a grassroots group of citizens and neighbors from across Westchester County. We recognize that the airport is an important county asset and are committed to sustainable, conscientious management and improvement of the airport by holding our government accountable. It is our aim to maintain quality of life and to prevent negative impacts of airport development by bringing citizens’ voices to the process.
We united with 6 other environmental and community action groups to send the Westchester County Board of Legislators a comprehensive white paper opposing privatization and the airport master plan. Read it here.
We are against the privatization of Westchester County Airport. Learn why.
Airport Master Plan
The airport master plan is a template for dramatic expansion that ignores the environment. Learn why.
Our factual Airport Master Plan handout.