“I don’t know if the flight pattern changed, but it didn’t seem like this when I bought my house,” Cook said. “The planes come over my house, and there are times I cringe and think, is this one going to crash? The windows of my house shake. I’m not sure how this proposal would have any impact on what I’m complaining about.”
Joan O’Leary, who has lived in Valley Stream for nearly 30 years, said the noise has not improved. “The aircraft noise goes directly over my head,” O’Leary said. “I watch them and it’s one after another. They tend to hesitate, hover over my roof and elevate. It’s almost as if I’ve become a runway.”
Roman Woodcock, of Elmont, said that planes flying over his home during early morning hours make life difficult. “It’s just continuous,” Woodcock said. “We see the planes, all different sizes. The noise is crazy. It’s disturbing and annoying.”
Simon said that, while the Port Authority would do its best to address quality-of-life issues such as aircraft noise, the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation, determines what runways are used. He encouraged residents to voice their concerns during the environmental assessment comment period, which ends Nov. 18.
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