Press Release Article


Date: Mar 20, 2003
Press Release Number: 32-2003

Funding will Soundproof 32 Schools in New York and New Jersey

A record $44.5 million to provide quieter classrooms in 32 schools in New York and New Jersey was authorized by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today as part of a 20-year program to soundproof schools affected by aircraft noise.

Funding was approved for 20 schools in New York and 12 schools in New Jersey.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, \"It is imperative that our children have all the tools they need to excel in the classroom. This includes providing an environment that allows students to concentrate without the distraction of aircraft noise. I applaud the Port Authority for its continued commitment to our children’s education.\"

New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, \"We need school buildings and facilities that provide an atmosphere conducive to learning in the 21st Century. The soundproofing program will complement New Jersey’s School Construction Program, which is providing $8.6 billion to ensure quality educational environments for our students.\"

Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, \"The Port Authority’s school soundproofing program has continually demonstrated its success in schools in New York and New Jersey. With our federal partners, the Port Authority’s 20-year commitment has provided the funding necessary to create a quiet learning environment.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"We want to be good neighbors with the communities that surround our airports, and this funding will ensure that schoolchildren have the proper atmosphere to learn. Soundproofing has been proven to cut classroom noise levels in half and to reduce the school\'s energy costs through the installation of new ventilation systems and acoustical windows.\"

The Port Authority has committed $226.2 million to soundproof 78 schools in New York and New Jersey since the program began in 1983.

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. Last year, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners also banned the use of \"Stage 1\" general aviation aircraft — the oldest and loudest planes — at Teterboro Airport.

As a result of these efforts, the number of people living in federally defined noise-affected areas around Port Authority airports has dropped by 95 percent — from 2 million in 1972 to about 100,000 in recent years.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

A complete list follows of the 32 schools in the 2003 school-soundproofing program and the money authorized for each of them.


New York 

Beach Channel HS, Rockaway Park$12.1 million
College of Aeronautics, Flushing$40,000
Hebrew Academy—5 Towns, Cedarhurst$25,000
John Bowne HS, Flushing$8 million
Lexington School for the Deaf, Jackson Heights$40,000
Msgr. McClancy Memorial, Flushing $25,000
PS 146Q, Howard Beach $40,000
PS 180Q, Rockaway Park $4 million
PS 195 Q, Rosedale$40,000
PS 146B, Bronx$40,000
PS 5, Bronx$1.5 million
IS 198Q, Arverne$4.5 million
Samuel Gompers Vocational, Bronx$5.5 million
St. Anselm, Bronx$40,000
St. Athanasius, Bronx $100,000
St. Michael, Flushing $25,000
St. Pius V, Bronx$25,0000
St. Pius X, Rosedale$25,000
St. Joachim, Cedarhurst$40,000

New Jersey 

Becton HS, Carlstadt/East Rutherford$1.4 million
Bergen County Vocational, Teterboro$1.8 million
East Side HS, Newark $40,000
Jackson Avenue, Hackensack $2.1 million
Kearny HS, Kearny $200,000
Lincoln Elementary, Kearny$100,000
McKinley, Newark $40,000
Memorial, South Hackensack $50,000
Sacred Heart, Kearny $100,000
St. Francis, Hackensack$1.9 million
St. Stephen, Kearny$40,000
Sylvan, Rutherford$600,000

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