NJ Lawmaker Launches Petition Against FAA Airspace Redesign

State Sen. Kevin O’Toole

TRENTON — New Jersey Senator Kevin O’Toole has launched an online petition to protest the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposal to reroute hundreds of planes leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport each day over New Jersey’s northern counties as part of a plan to reduce airport delays.

“Families living in North Jersey shouldn’t have to suffer greatly increased noise and air pollution just to shave a few minutes from flights leaving JFK,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen). “The quality of life of millions of New Jersey families will suffer if the FAA’s plan takes effect.”


“To protect the quality of life of the residents of North Jersey, I’ve launched an online petition to demonstrate to our congressional representatives and the FAA the depth of opposition to the airspace redesign plan that could take effect next year,” added O’Toole.

The senator is working with members of the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise (NJCAAN) to oppose the FAA plan to reroute planes taking off from Kennedy Airport over Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Morris and Union counties. Currently, many of those flights are directed over the Atlantic Ocean and north to Connecticut.

According to the NJCAAN, the FAA’s new flight patterns will also have an impact on Newark Liberty Airport departures, sending more planes over residential areas.

O’Toole’s petition to stop the FAA’s redesign of the region’s airspace is located at http://otoole.senatenj.com/faa.

The petition page includes links to information about the movement as well as features to comment on and share the petition on social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter.

“While I understand that the FAA is attempting to decrease the inconvenience of airport delays for travelers, I do not accept that the trade off has to be a degradation of the quality of life for North Jersey residents,” said O’Toole. “Our hard-working families should not be jolted out of their sleep by the roar of a jet engine at 3 a.m. just so an airline can meet its on-time performance schedule.”

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