Effort Will Kick Start Mitigation of Noise in Neighborhoods Surrounding LGA

May 21, 2009
Press Release

“For too long, Queens residents have suffered from the constant noise of jets flying in and out of La Guardia Airport.  The noise is far more than a nuisance – it increases cardiovascular risk, causes long-term sleep deprivation, and negatively impacts children’s ability to concentrate.” said Congressman Joe Crowley.  “This amendment allows the PANYNJ to once and for all address the noise pollution problem in the La Guardia airport community and help improve the lives of thousands of Queens residents.”

Last week, Congressman Crowley organized a critical meeting between officials from the PANYNJ and the chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jim Oberstar.  Community leaders, including Congressman Crowley, have been calling on officials to study the effect of airport noise on residences in the La Guardia area, including Jackson Heights and Corona, and to fund the mitigation of noise in local homes through soundproofing.

“Noise pollution should be taken as seriously as any other type of pollution and I will continue to work with stakeholders at all levels to fully address the issue in the La Guardia region,” continued Congressman Crowley.

Congressman Crowley is a six-term U.S. Representative from the 7th District of New York that includes sections of Queens near La Guardia Airport. He has worked extensively with community leaders, Federal officials and representatives from New York City and State to promote noise abatement for those with homes affected by noise created by La Guardia Airport.  The full bill with Crowley amendment now moves to the Senate for consideration.