Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Both West 11th and 12th Roads have been "closed" for some time now with an accompanying total parking prohibition on both streets. In an effort to minimize disruption to the lives and activities of residents of both streets, the contractor, to date, has chosen not to seek a total enforcement of this parking ban as long as cars are removed from the street prior to the start of workday at 7 am.
Unfortunately, I have been advised by the contractor that there have been recurring instances involving residents on both West 11th and 12th Roads who have been parking their vehicles on the street after working hours during the week and routinely failing to move their cars prior to 7 am the following morning causing delays in the commencement of that day's scheduled construction activities.
Your cooperation in this matter is sought to ensure that anyone parking overnight on West 11th or 12th Road ensures that their vehicle is moved off street prior to 7 am each work day morning. Construction delays due to residents who leave their car parked on the street after 7 pm can no longer be tolerated and the contractor has indicated that they are considering instituting a policy of physically closing off ingress/egress to the street effective at 7 am each business day which will effectively strand any car left parked on the block at that time for the duration of the work day..
Your cooperation and patience regarding this issue is greatly appreciated.
Several residents of West 11th and 12th Roads have stated that they have experienced problems regarding certain bulk deliveries (propane, home heating oil, etc.) to their homes which have been cancelled due to ongoing street construction activity and/or equipment
If at all possible, schedule any bulk residential delivery to your residence to take place either on Saturday or during late afternoon hours (after 4 pm), Monday through Friday, to avoid construction related impediments.
If a Saturday or late afternoon (Mon-Fri) scheduled delivery option is not possible please contact Fern Weinreich, our Community Construction Liaison, and advise her of such pending delivery at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled bulk delivery and she will ensure the contractor is made aware of the pending delivery and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your delivery. (Note: If a Monday delivery is involved, please contact Ms. Weinreich on the Friday before.) Ms. Weinreich may be contacted at her field office at 646-300-4351 or via cell phone at 516-361-8822.
Additionally, advise your delivery service provider of the ongoing construction activity on your street and direct them to contact the flag man stationed at the top of your block upon arrival so that arrangements can be made to accommodate the delivery.
All residents and delivery providers should realize that, depending on the construction activity taking place at the time, there may be a delay in accommodating the delivery.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
In letter to Federal Aviation Administration, Assemblyman Goldfeder calls for agency to lower current airplane noise limits to improve quality of life for Queens families
Broad Channel, Queens - As Congress debates a new bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Broad Channel) is calling on the federal agency to strengthen airplane noise regulations to improve quality of life for Queens families.
"Our families deserve relief from the earth-shattering airplane noise that plagues our communities night and day. Not only is airplane noise a nuisance, it also has the potential to harm our health and well-being," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "Given the bigger planes and better technology of recent years, it's time we put in place the noise standards to match."
In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Assemblyman Goldfeder called on the federal agency to lower current average airplane noise thresholds from 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) to 55 DNL. This, Goldfeder explained, would provide much-needed relief for families in southern Queens and Rockaway living under the flight path of nearby JFK International Airport. Goldfeder added that, without proper action, noise will only grow louder as commercial airlines rely on larger planes with stronger, louder engines.
According to the FAA, DNL measures the 24-hour equivalent sound level measured by FAA noise monitors that is experienced by a household living in the vicinity of an airport. This figure is an algorithmic calculation of noises generated by plane engines throughout the day and reflects the total noise exposure levels for an average day of the year. The current 65 DNL figure is considered to be the point at which airplane noise causes "significant impact" to surrounding residents.
“Air traffic noise impacts from JFK Airport have increased to a point that they are having a serious impact on the quality of life for the thousands of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. To date, the FAA has felt no need to engage these residents to seek solutions and Assemblyman Goldfeder is correct to ask that it be addressed now, at a time when this reauthorization is pending. If enacted, it would bring air traffic noise relief to thousands,” said Dan Mundy, Jr., President of the Broad Channel Civic Association.
Assemblyman Goldfeder is something of a frequent flyer when it comes to fighting airplane noise. Last year, the Assemblyman and local community leaders secured noise monitors for communities in Broad Channel and Bayswater to improve noise measurement near JFK Airport. Goldfeder followed this up with a visit to the JFK control tower to meet with FAA officials and discuss changes to noise patters with the reopening of an upgraded 4L-22R north-south runway at the international airport.
Goldfeder has pledged to continue working with the FAA and the Port Authority, which owns the borough's two airports, as the latter continues its four-year Part 150 airport noise compatibility study of surrounding communities in Queens and Nassau Counties.
"JFK may not be going anywhere, but this doesn't mean the state and federal governments can't take steps to improve the quality of life for our families," concluded Goldfeder.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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