The Business Council of Westchester wants Westchester County to sell our airport to a for-profit operator for 40 years. Their campaign simply repeats Rob Astorino's proposal that voters rejected in the 2017 election. Sadly, the BCW is basing their campaign on falsehoods.
Contrary to claims by aviation interests, the construction of new hangar space at Westchester County Airport increased the number of flights. Construction also increased the proportion of "local flights" that are to or from airports within 40 miles and are thus likely traveling empty to pick up passengers, since that distance could be covered faster by car. This is unsurprising as charter aircraft go where their customers are, with the exception of HPN competing with TEB for NYC based customers.
Million Air, an aircraft charter business and Fixed Base Operator, is seeking $1 million in state subsidies for their expansion at Westchester County Airport. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 13, from 10:00 am-11:00 am, at Harrison Town Hall. The state plans to adopt a finding of no environmental impact from Million Air's expansion. Please attend and speak at the public hearing. We will not condone giving bad neighbors $1 million of taxpayer money to expand their ability to run roughshod over residents. We demand an in-depth environmental impact study that includes the secondary impacts of increased air traffic.
On July 2, 2018, Westchester County Executive George Latimer directed his staff to implement the following policies regarding the airport. We appreciate his hard work & view these initiatives as a promising start.
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 (§ 5017 (a) (3), "specifies a... Continue Reading →
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.
The Latimer administration has announced three public hearings on airport policy. Aviation interests are already gearing up to lobby for more development and more traffic. It is critically important that community members appear and speak at these hearings in order to stop or roll back the airport's assault on our quality of life. Please save... Continue Reading →
Several groundwater monitoring wells on Westchester County Airport property have tested high for PFOS & PFOA. One well found 990 parts per trillion of PFOS & PFOA, over 14 times the EPA's guideline level for drinking water. This is over 10 times the level initially found in a private well near the airport in July... Continue Reading →