MALONEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR LAWSUIT
NEW YORK - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) expressed her support for Queens Borough President Claire Shulman's decision to join the City of New York's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Maloney has been a vocal opponent of efforts to expand the number of slots at the airport. Remarking on the lawsuit, Maloney said: "The Borough of Queens is overwhelmed by the number of flights taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport. Residents are up in arms about the impact of airport noise and pollution on their quality of life. I share their frustration and their belief that these flights are having a serious impact on the environment."
Maloney joined members of the Queens delegation in sending a letter to the Borough President. The members wrote:
"As you know, we oppose any additional flights at LaGuardia Airport and we strongly support an environmental impact assessment to determine the effects of any new flights under the slot exemption provisions in the Wendell Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (FAIR-21). However, the DOT has indicated that it will allow many of the applications for flights requested under FAIR-21 to go forward without environmental review. This legal action provides further strength to our argument that these reviews must occur before there is any further consideration of increased overflights."