Tue, May 18, 2010
Greenwich, CT Homeowners Told To Pick Up The Phone And
A sharp drop in noise complaints around Westchester County, NY
airport has prompted one of the towns largest homeowners
associations to tell residents to keep calling.
The airport noise abatement office received only 300 complaints
in March and just 471 complaints in April. That compares with 937
and 1,230 in the same months, respectively, the previous year. John
Lucarelli of the Round Hill Association says the number of calls to
the airports noise is not representative of actual number of
complaints. "We definitely need to keep making calls," he said at
the group's meeting last week.
The Greenwich Time reports that Lucarelli, who chairs the
associations airport committee, said the problems with low-flying
airplanes and pilots ignoring a voluntary midnight to 0630 curfew
have not abated, and that the airport needs better documentation if
there is to be any change.
Westchester County airport noise abatement officer John Inserra
said he welcomes the calls, but chronic complainers skew the
numbers. One house in Valhall, NY accounted for 363 of the 471
complaints registered in April, and all but 25 of the complaints in
March of this year.
That same household made 1,846 calls in the same two months last
Lucarelli told the paper that he is not looking for
confrontation with the airport, but that the association is trying
to "usher in a new era of public and private partnership with the
community and the airport." And he admitted that, when 300 calls
come from the same address, that really doesn't help the
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