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Port Authority begins implementation to address community of aircraft noise concerns

NEW YORK - The Port Authority is taking a multifaceted, comprehensive series of steps to work more closely with communities on addressing noise issues at its airports, while stepping up the review of noise data with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The agency's overall goal is to address noise concerns while supporting growth at JFK, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports, which annually generate $72 billion in economic activity, support more than 500,000 regional jobs and create $26 billion in wages.

 "We are committed to working with all communities we operate in to address their concerns, while bringing our airports into the 21st Century and maintaining the viability of our airports as major economic engines for the metropolitan region," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.

The Port Authority will commence aviation community roundtables with FAA officials and community representatives this spring, one each for JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports. The roundtable meetings will be held on a regularly scheduled basis and will provide an ongoing opportunity for the Port Authority, the FAA and the community to mutually seek ways to maintain open lines of communication and manage noise impacts. These roundtables also will provide communities input, information and ongoing updates during the separate Part 150 noise studies.

The Port Authority also is committed to doubling the existing portable noise monitors collecting data over flight paths for JFK, Newark, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports. This will allow placement in communities currently without monitors, as well as greater flexibility in moving monitors around key communities as needed to collect data.

Additionally, the agency has established a new Aviation Noise Office that will be staffed by a dedicated team, which will be responsible for collecting and reviewing the noise data, while also responding on an enhanced basis to community complaints.