Pols call on FAA to exempt Queens airports from proposed federal rule


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Congressmember Steve Israel’s office

Two major city airports should be exempt from a new federal rule that would allow flight changes to be made without an environmental review, Queens congressmembers are demanding. Representatives Steve Israel, Grace Meng and Joseph Crowley are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to implement change impact studies at LaGuardia and John F. […]

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First Time In 40 Years: Queens Man Sworn-In As Federal Court Judge


By Queens Courier Staff

Nicholas G. Garaufis, a well-liked, long-time civic leader, attorney and government official from Bayside was officially inducted as a federal judge on Monday the first time in 40 years that a Queens person received this honor. Garaufis official position is called Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. His induction, […]

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Whitestone officials pledge action to deal with overhead helicopter noise


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of George Mirtsopoulos

Lawmakers at the city, state and federal level met with Whitestone residents this month to address complaints of excessive noise pollution from low flying helicopters and outline courses of action to lessen the impact on the community.

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$8.9 million secured for JFK Airport runway upgrades


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The second of a three-phase improvement plan for one of JFK Airport’s runways will use $8.9 million in federal funding to improve safety measures and reduce the time planes spend on the ground, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday.

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Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus looking for airplane noise mitigation


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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Congress members are continuing their fight to keep the skies over Queens, and communities across the country, quiet.

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Airplane noise study to examine reach of aircraft noise


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Representatives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gave a presentation on the Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Studies for LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports during Monday’s meeting of the Queens Borough Board at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.

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City seeking developer for seven-acre plot near JFK


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYCEDC JFK North RFEI

A seven-acre vacant piece of land near John F. Kennedy Airport could be the future home of a new office or industrial complex as the city Economic Development Corporation is seeking investors interested in the site.

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Vaughn College completes $40 million renovation of campus


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Tom Sibley/Wilk Marketing Communications

Vaughn College celebrated the renovation in an event Thursday, unveiling a revitalized main campus building and new flight and air traffic control simulator rooms.

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Gov. announces measures to address Queens plane noise


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will double its sound monitors and create an office to address soaring noise complaints, under a string of new orders announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Newly formed JetBlue Foundation gives $25K grants to two Queens schools


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy of JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways has given aviation students an extra push to fly above and beyond after announcing the launch of the JetBlue Foundation, created to encourage and advance aviation-related education by sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

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