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Letter: Control Tower for Noise Abatement was 'Simply Folly'

Quiet Skies Coalition rep says talk that tower would help ease noise was all "lip service."

To the Editor:

Residents in the airport noise affected community who believed airport management and Town Board rhetoric that the would proactively address noise abatement protocols must abandon that hope.   

At the information session held by the air traffic controllers, Councilman Stanzione, Jim Brundige and EH Aviation Association leadership this past Saturday to familiarize pilots with required tower protocols, it was clearly and unequivocally stated that the control tower would not address noise issues. All the bluster about how the control tower would mitigate noise at the airport was distinctly and completely put to rest.

Some representatives from the Quiet Skies Coalition went to listen and learn. And we got quite a lesson.  Interestingly, the only noise abatement questions fielded from the audience came from some local pilots genuinely inquiring how the tower procedures would dovetail with noise abatement procedures.  The answer, over and over, was clear - this “is not about noise”.

QSC never had much faith that the control tower would provide measurable noise abatement, but would spread the nuisance to more neighborhoods, rather than reducing noise by limiting flights.  Another theory held that controllers would influence altitudes, another demonstrated noise mitigation tool - the higher the craft, the less noise on the ground. This notion was also dispelled at Saturday’s meeting. The controllers said they will not dictate altitudes.

This meeting clearly demonstrated the disingenuous treatment of the noise affected by the Town Board and most particularly, Councilman Stanzione, whose lip service to the noise affected and many statements declaring the control tower as the best hope, have now been completely refuted.  

As a safety improvement, the tower adds value. As a noise abatement tool, it is simply folly. 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Cunningham

Quiet Skies Coalition

Springs Advocate July 07, 2012 at 02:37 AM
It's an AIRPORT! There is NO WAY there will ever be REDUCED NOISE at the Airport. Anyone who allows themselves to be sold on the idea, I have a bridge for sale gently used and priced to move.
Cannot Believe This July 07, 2012 at 04:13 AM
So you're saying that big GOP supporters are airport advocates AND Tom Twomey (former Democrat congressional candidate and husband of Judy Hope - former Democrat Town Supervisor and Democrat State Party Leader) and John Shea (husband of former Democrat Town Attorney) are also big money airport supporters. So I guess what you are saying - bottom line - is that big money irrespective of political party is driving the airport and that this money will also be backing Stanzione in the next election and he is beholden to that big money? So it's not a political thing but more of a money thing, and more specifically money that will be backing Stanzione for what he can, and is, doing for the airport now? By the way, what magazine was Stanzione thumbing through when you were speaking at the podium last night because he wasn't listening to you.
truth 2011 July 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I think the worm may have turned. Ms. Cunningham was on Theresa Quigley's LTV show last week and Supervisor Wilkinson pointedly questioned Stanzione about the extra $200,000 the tower is costing - and that was before the revelation that the tower is not there to reduce noise. Were Quigley and Wilkinson mislead? If so FAA funding may be dead, the tower may be history and the hundreds of thousands being paid to fancy airport consultants may be bye-bye - especially since Stanzione is holding back support for Wilk's and Quig's audit committee, selling the cash pit scavenger plant, beefing up the natural resources department, and supporting the possibility of outsourcing just some town computer support. Those are all good government actions, while the airport tower as a reducer of noise may have been just a big canard. Just makes a loyal Republican want to cry.
Gerard Boleis July 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I am a member..Go ahead..connect the dots.
Gerard Boleis July 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
A canard ? What do the ducks have to do with all this ?

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