PUBLIC MEETING IN SOUTHEAST QUEENS ON PROPOSED RUNWAY EXTENSION

A Public Meeting/Hearing was held on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 7:30 PM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church located on 224th Street and 147th Avenue in the Brookville section of Springfield Gardens/Rosedale regarding the extension of Runway 4L/22R at JFK Airport. Representatives from the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey were there to give the community information about overall plans and to extend Runway 4L/22R. The meeting was attended by over 225 community residents with standing room only despite the fact that it was a very rainy night.

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The Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. (EQA), called for this public meeting and the official reopening of the comment period on a draft document prepared by Landrum & Brown entitled Environmental Assessment (EA), Runway 4L/22R Improvements, John F. Kennedy International Airport prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ dated May 2012 because the Southeast Queens communities, those closest to the airport and the most impacted by any runway extension, were not duly notified about the proposal nor the comment period on the draft environmental assessment. The Alliance, through the office of Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, called for: a) The reopening of the comment period with the stipulation that our communities be properly notified and given sufficient time to study the issue and comment on the EA, and b) That any further action on the extension of Runway 4L/22R be suspended until such time as our communities were given adequate time to comment on the proposed runway extension. The Alliance also wrote to US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer as well as to the Port Authority of NY/NJ and the FAA with the same complaint and request.  The Port Authority of NY/NJ has admitted that they “could have done a better job” in outreach and agreed to reopen the comment period. Comments on the proposal were due by November 4, 2013.  

The Alliance, its member civics and many individuals in the community did send in comments to the PANYNJ regarding the proposal. Basically it found that the findings of no significant impact were flawed. The Alliance is pushing for the completion of an  Environmental Impact Study (EIS) which requires a much more detailed analysis of the project's  impacts.A final draft of the Envrionmental Assessment has to be prepared by the PANYNJ, responding to all comments submitted. The FAA has the final say on whether the EA is approved or not.   To see the Alliance comments click here. To see the Addendum to the comments sent to PANYNJ click here.