Nassau City Council threatens to sue FAA in fight to reduce engine noise over residential areas

Two Nassau city councilors are calling on the federal government to find a solution to decades of noise and air pollution caused by jet engines over residential areas.

Supervisors from Hempstead and North Hempstead announced a petition calling on the FAA to conduct a mandatory environmental review of noise and air pollution along a flight path that runs through both towns, something they say is nearly a decade overdue.

“That’s all we’re asking: Follow the law. Follow the restrictions,” said North Hempstead Councilwoman Jen DeSena. “The FAA has to follow its own restrictions. This is a health and safety issue.”

Residents and elected officials say the number of flights has increased over the years.

“Every 90 seconds they hear the jets cranking up or down for landing or takeoff,” said Hempstead Mayor Don Clavin. “Enough is enough.”

Floral Park residents say there is no sign of a solution to a problem that has lasted for decades.

“You can hear the constant roar of the engines, nonstop,” said Joe DiSanza of Floral Park. “And that happens every two minutes.”

The noise of airplanes flying just a few thousand feet above residential areas like Floral Park shakes houses and even wakes up residents.

“I can read the underside of the plane. I know they all fly to JFK,” said Laura Hagan of Floral Park. “Why does it have to fly over where people live?”

Local residents say it’s high time the FAA took action.

“The FAA needs to do something. This has been ignored for years,” said Mary Griffin of Floral Park. “We’re not that close to an airport. We’re a good 15 to 20 minutes away. And it seems like these two communities, Hempstead and North Hempstead, are being hit really hard.”

The neighbors just hope that something will be done.

“Redirect them over a body of water or over parks where there are not so many residents,” said Stephan Pickman of Floral Park

The city government announced that it would file a lawsuit if the FAA did not respond to its request within 90 days.