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From: Janet Mceneaney <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Subject: New York Times Article, et alia
Dear Neighbors --
Cara Buckley, a reporter for the New York Times, has written an article about the airspace redesign, NextGen and Queens Quiet Skies. It is supposed to be online sometime today (Sunday) and in print in tomorrow's edition (Monday) in the Metropolitan section.
Ms. Buckley and her editor were very thorough and careful about the facts. Once we see what the article is like, there are some ways I think we can use it. I hope you won't mind if I send you another e-mail soon to talk about that.
NEXTGEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
We have talked before about the RTCA, Inc. and its NextGen Advisory Committee. This group, based in a private industry organization, is creating the NextGen plans that are being adopted by the FAA. As I've told you before, all the members except one are from the aviation industry, the FAA and the Air Force.
In the beginning of June, I sent a letter to Margaret Jenny, President of the RTCA. I asked about the Membership Balance Plan for the NextGen Advisory Committee. That plan is required by a federal statute. I asked how their members are chosen and what are the qualifications for membership. This week, we received an answer. She sent a BROCHURE of information I've already seen on their website and a brief letter in which she did not answer any of our questions. She must think we are a kindergarten class instead of U.S. taxpayers.
We have some plans for getting the answers to those questions. I will let you know what happens as the saga continues.
PART 150 BILL
Gov. Cuomo has not yet signed the Part 150 noise study bill. If you haven't told him you want him to sign it, now would be a good time to do so. There is very likely lobbying against the bill going on in Albany, so let's tell the Governor what his constituents want him to do.
It is the position of QQS that the roundtable proposal is a very high priority for all the people in the NY/NJ metro area. It would require the FAA and Port Authority to work with us under a written agreement to resolve our aviation problems without shifting noise from one community to another. We are the only large metro area in the country without a roundtable and the roundtable works well everywhere else.
In March, the FAA regional office and the Port Authority agreed to participate in a roundtable. That month, QQS began writing a draft proposal modeled on the roundtable agreements at SFO, OAK and ORD, which we sent out to prospective members in May. Around the time we sent it out, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told community reps in Nassau that they should write a draft proposal based on the agreements at SFO, OAK and ORD. We had already written it!
In June, we received some objections to the proposal from the FAA. We answered the FAA's objections in July, offering to compromise on almost all the issues. One of Mr. Gallo's objections, by the way, was that the community wrote the draft proposal instead of the Port Authority. We still haven't heard from them again, but we did hear some rather disturbing comments from Carmine Gallo at a meeting at the Borough President's office on July 22nd. We've never heard back from the Port Authority at all.
In July, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and many members of the House Congressional delegation from NYC, including our representatives Israel and Meng, sent a letter to the Port Authority and FAA urging them to create a roundtable. It is a month later and I haven't seen an answer from the FAA and the Port Authority.
I asked the FAA and Port Authority to schedule a meeting with us and representatives of other organizations throughout the metro area no later than the second week of September. There has been no response.
I think it's time to let FAA Administrator Huerta and Gov. Cuomo know that we don't appreciate the stalling tactics of the FAA and Port Authority. I will say more about what we can do in my next e-mail.
We are planning some meetings in the next few months throughout Queens. The first one upcoming will be on Sept. 18th in Douglas Manor. If there are any of our members who have not yet attended one of our community education presentations, this would be a good opportunity to see one. I will give you all the details in a later e-mail.
We are planning, among other meetings, a community educational presentation for all the Korean-American community groups in Queens. It is in the works for the fall and we'll give you more information once the plans are set.
Almost every day now, we hear from people all over Queens who want to know what they can do. We are working as hard as we can to expand our scope and respond to all of them.
I hope everyone is enjoying the last of summer and I thank you, as always, for everything you do.