House Narrowly Defeats Amendment to Allow Bob Hope Airport to Adopt Curfew

first_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Today, the House of Representatives came within a few votes of allowing the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a curfew on an amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act proposed by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles). The amendment was defeated by a narrow vote of 208 to 212. This issue previously was voted on in 2011, and failed then by a vote of 178-243.“I’m disappointed that our amendment to allow Bob Hope Airport to adopt a curfew narrowly missed passage,” said Rep. Schiff. “But I’m encouraged that bipartisan support for a curfew at the Bob Hope Airport has only grown, and hope that the FAA gets the message that we are serious about noise relief. The Part 161 process is deeply flawed and the FAA has little intention of granting relief to any community unless it is forced by Congress. I will continue fighting on behalf of the thousands of San Fernando Valley residents who have long-sought relief from aviation-related nighttime noise, and look for future opportunities to pass legislative language to make this possible.”“Ninety-nine percent of Valley residents want to sleep at night without being awakened by a loud jet,” said Rep. Sherman. “Congress should act so that the reasonable nighttime curfew sought by Burbank Airport can be put into place. I will continue to fight for nighttime curfews at both Van Nuys and Burbank Airports.”“I am disappointed the Republican controlled House has defeated this important, common-sense amendment,” said Rep. Waxman. “The airport should have the authority to impose a legally binding curfew on all flight operations and nighttime flights to the benefit of the residents who live in the surrounding communities.”This amendment would clarify that Bob Hope Airport should be exempted from the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), like other similarly situated airports were at the time of its passage. In the case of the Bob Hope Airport, this was one of the first airports in the country to impose a curfew. The language would allow Burbank Airport to adopt non-discriminatory curfews applicable to operators from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.“The City of Burbank and the Burbank City Council are committed to providing nighttime noise relief for the entire San Fernando Valley,” said Burbank Mayor David Gordon. “As a result, the City of Burbank and the Burbank City Council strongly support the legislative efforts of Congressmen Schiff and Sherman in this regard.”The legislation would apply only to Bob Hope Airport and addresses concerns that the FAA cited in rejecting Burbank’s Part 161 application for a curfew – that it would add congestion to an already crowded airspace and it would impact the national system of airports because it would cause system wide delays. The proposal would have a minimal impact on local airspace because a joint curfew for both airports is designed to ensure that air traffic is not shifted from one airport to the other.During a speech on the House Floor, Schiff stated: “Thousands of residents of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, who live under the flight paths or near the terminals at the Bob Hope Airport, endure the house-shaking noise of air traffic during the day and suffer the jarring interruption of their sleep caused by a roaring jet. To address the concerns of those affected by airport noise across the nation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established a process to consider an individual community’s request for a curfew. However, the process was designed to be difficult – so difficult, that in the decades since it was established by the FAA, only one airport in the nation has successfully completed an application – Bob Hope Airport. And then it was summarily turned down… Because of the FAA’s dismissive attitude toward legitimate local concerns it is clear to us that the only way to provide relief to the residents in our community is through legislative action.” Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. 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Ex-Freeport Mayor Fights to Get on Ballot in Nassau Exec Race

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Freeport Village Mayor Andrew Hardwick is in a legal battle to join Democrat Tom Suozzi and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on the ballot in the county executive race.Former Freeport Village Mayor Andrew Hardwick, seeking to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate in the Nassau County executive race, blasted Nassau Democrats Tuesday for continuing a legal battle that sidelines him with four weeks left in the race while his opponents campaign freely.Democratic party leaders filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court challenging the validity of signatures Hardwick and his supporters collected to get his name on the ballot on the “We Count” party line. Hardwick said he gathered 8,600 signatures, far more than the 1,500 signatures needed to join Democrat Tom Suozzi and Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election. Hardwick, a Democrat, and his lawyers are defending the suit in court instead of focusing on the race.“People want a different choice, they don’t want a candidate shoved down their throat,” Hardwick said outside the courthouse in Mineola. “Quite frankly,” he added, “I don’t like being called a liar.”Nassau Democratic party lawyer Steven Schlesinger alleged that Hardwick’s entrance into the race is a veiled attempt by the Mangano’s GOP campaign to siphon votes from Suozzi, the former county executive unseated by Mangano in 2009.Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman, said in a statement that Schlesigner is “lying to distract residents from his clients record of hiking property taxes by double-digits.”Hardwick’s representatives and Nassau Democrat’s attorneys returned to court Tuesday, but the judge did not rule on the case right away.Hardwick, who lost the mayoral race to village trustee Robert Kennedy earlier this year, called a press conference after the proceedings to defend the petition process and attack Suozzi.“I’m ashamed to say Tom Suozzi is our candidate,” he said.Schlesinger jumped to the podium after Hardwick concluded his remarks and produced a photo of Brandon Irizarry, a friend of Hardwick’s, smiling with Mangano.Irizarry noted that the photo was taken at an Independence Party event more than a year ago.Meanwhile, Suozzi and Mangano will debate Tuesday in Old Westbury.last_img read more