Press Release Article


Date: Mar 20, 2002
Press Release Number: 23-2002

Funding to Soundproof 31 Schools Affected by Aircraft Noise In New York and New Jersey

In a move that will lead to quieter schools and a better learning environment near the Port Authority’s airports, the bistate agency’s Board of Commissioners has approved a record $31.7 million of additional funding for the soundproofing of 31 schools in New York and New Jersey, Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra announced today.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “A quiet classroom is essential for quality education. I applaud the Port Authority Commissioners for the agency’s commitment to school soundproofing, an effective way to enhance learning in our New York schools. The Port Authority is showing that it is determined to be good neighbors to the people who live, work and learn near the agency’s airports.”

New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “This initiative is a cost-effective one that will produce educational and environmental benefits. Studies have shown that soundproofing decreases classroom noise by 50 percent, and reduces energy costs through the installation of new windows and ventilation systems. When complete, the quieter classrooms will provide students and teachers with an atmosphere more conducive to learning.”

Since the Port Authority’s school-soundproofing program began in 1983, the agency has committed $181.7 million to soundproof 75 schools in New York and New Jersey. Soundproofing is complete in 42 schools, and is under way in 33 additional schools.

All schools in federally defined “noise-affected areas” around Port Authority airports are being soundproofed. The Port Authority’s school-soundproofing program will continue beyond these areas, with the agency determining future eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
The Board’s authorization is contingent on the continuing availability of federal funds. The soundproofing program is a joint effort of the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration, which contributes up to 90 percent of the funding under its Airport Improvement Program.

The Port Authority administers the program and provides the balance of the funding. Each of the schools meets eligibility criteria set by the FAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Port Authority has been recognized for decades as a leader in the aviation industry in reducing aircraft noise. The agency was one of the first and most persistent airport operators in the nation to successfully lobby the federal government to require quieter “Stage 3” aircraft on all commercial flights. And the Port Authority has been lobbying Washington for years to mandate “Stage 4” aircraft that will be even quieter.

The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners also recently banned the use of “Stage 1” general aviation aircraft – the oldest and loudest planes – at Teterboro Airport.

And the agency supports federal legislation introduced by Congressman Steve Rothman of Bergen Country to ban “Stage 2” aircraft at Teterboro.

As a result of these efforts, the number of people living in federally defined noise-affected areas around Port Authority airports has dropped by more than 97 percent – from 2 million in 1972 to fewer than 50,000 in recent years.

A complete list follows of the 31 schools in the 2002 school soundproofing program and the money authorized for each of them.

Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School, Flushing$5.25 million
John Bowne High School, Flushing $3.3 million
IS 180Q, Rockaway Park $3 million
Lexington School for the Deaf, Jackson Heights $2.6 million
IS 198Q, Arverne $2.3 million
Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park $2 million
Samuel Gompers Vocational, Bronx $2 million
St. Joachim, Cedarhurst $1.8 million
PS 5, Bronx $700,000
St. Pius V, Bronx $700,000
St. Michael, Flushing $250,000
St. Athanasius, Bronx $200,000
St. Anselm, Bronx $100,000
Hebrew Academy 5 Towns, Cedarhurst $50,000
Lawrence #2, Lawrence $50,000
PS 146Q, Howard Beach $50,000
PS 195Q, Rosedale $50,000
St. Pius X, Rosedale $50,000
College of Aeronautics, Flushing $50,000
PS 146B, Bronx $50,000

Bergen County Vocational, Teterboro $2.5 million
Jackson Avenue, Hackensack $2 million
St. Francis, Hackensack $1.9 million
St. Cecilia, Newark $150,000
St. Stephen, Kearny $150,000
Sacred Heart, Kearny $100,000
Lincoln Elementary, Kearny $100,000
Kearny High School, Kearny $100,000
Memorial, South Hackensack $50,000
McKinley, Newark $50,000
St. Casimir, Newark $50,000

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