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« on: June 01, 2004, 01:50:12 PM »
COALITION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
RECEIVES $20,000 CONTRIBUTION

(Carlstadt, NJ)  The Coalition for Public Health & Safety is pleased to advise that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Bergen, in its efforts at continuing its obligation to the safety and well being of all of its residents, has made an additional contribution of $20,000 to the Coalition.  This contribution has been made to assist the Coalition in payment of its remaining and subsequent legal fees with regard to the Coalition's battle for an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  The contribution, made by Resolution No. 641, was passed unanimously at the May 19, 2004 Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting.

The Coalition for Public Health & Safety is a non profit organization comprised of 12 municipalities and the County of Bergen.  It was organized in an effort to address health concerns and safety issues emanating from Port Authority of NY & NJ's operation of Teterboro Airport in the middle of the most densely populated County of the State, and its impact on the quality of life issues for the surrounding residential communities.

The Coalition has brought litigation against the Port Authority of NY & NJ in Federal District Court seeking an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  In September 2003, through the efforts of the Governor and Legislative Delegation, the Port Authority of NY & NJ contributed $300,000 and the NJ Meadowlands Commission contributed $150,000 toward conducting an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  

Environ Corporation, who performed the initial 2 day sampling in June 2001, will conduct the study and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will oversee the study.  It is anticipated that the study will begin some time within the next two months.



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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2004, 10:00:26 PM »
Coalition Press Release

Rothman Gets House Panel to Extend Ban on Boeing Business Jet at Teterboro  Airport 

Congressman's Measure Will Maintain Prohibition on Aircraft Weighing More  Than 100,000 Pounds  Washington, DC - Following through on his promise to maintain the federal  ban at Teterboro Airport on planes weighing over 100,000 pounds that he  first secured last year, Congressman Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) yesterday  got the House Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, to approve  the ban for the upcoming year. The measure, which needs to be extended each  year, bans the Boeing Business Jet and other large planes from operating at  Teterboro by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from  raising the 37 year-old, 100,000 pound weight limit at the airport. Rothman  said that since the annual ban has already been enacted once that he expects  it to be renewed this year with little or no resistance.   

The bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee today includes  provisions upholding the ban on 100,000 pound aircraft at Teterboro Airport  that we worked so hard last year to enact," Rothman said. "This will keep  out the 737 Boeing Business Jet and other huge aircraft don't belong at  Teterboro Airport. We secured a federal ban last year, we are going to  secure that same federal ban this year, and we will make certain that the  ban stays in place to ensure that no oversized planes will ever be allowed  at Teterboro."   In July 2003, the FAA announced its intention to overturn the weight limit  at Teterboro Airport to allow larger jets to operate at the Northern New  Jersey facility.

As a lifelong resident of Bergen County who is committed to  fighting aircraft noise and stopping the expansion of Teterboro Airport,  Rothman vehemently opposed the proposal and wrote legislation to stop the  FAA from going forward with its plan. He got the measure passed through the  House and enlisted the help of U.S. Senators Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and Frank  Lautenberg (D-NJ) to get the measure approved in the Senate. The measure  became law in January of 2004. The bill that passed the House Appropriations  Committee today is identical to the measure signed into law in January and  would extend the ban for another full year. Senators Corzine and Lautenberg  are again helping to pass identical legislation in the Senate.  "Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK Airports are designed for large jets, not  Teterboro. We are going to continue fighting and taking every step necessary  to ensure that airline companies do not degrade the quality of life of  Northern New Jersey residents by bringing their large and loud jets into  Teterboro Airport," Rothman said.   The bill containing Rothman's provision will be considered by the full House  when Congress reconvenes in September. The provision is part of the  Transportation Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2005.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2005, 04:04:18 PM »
From The Record, January 13, 2005.

How very fortunate and lucky |for Norma Baguer and her family that no one was injured ("Piece falls from plane after takeoff," Page L-1, Jan. 10). This just reinforces the fact that there is no rationale for a jetport at Teterboro Airport in the middle |of densely packed residential communities.

Jet aircraft fly very low on approach to the airport over a vast number of homes, schools and playgrounds. The airport creates noise pollution affecting learning for dozens of children. The solution is having the Federal Aviation Administration pick up the bulk of the cost for soundproofing those schools.

What would Teterboro operators suggest be done to protect ourselves and our loved ones from falling debris as use of this facility increases? Answer: Expand Newark Liberty Airport and put corporate jet traffic back where it belongs, where it is more appropriate for international flights to land and where there is more appropriate security.

Carol J. Skiba

Hasbrouck Heights, Jan. 10

Related Story:   Piece falls from plane after takeoff
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Re: Teterboro Airport
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2005, 09:20:57 AM »

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Re: Teterboro Airport
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2005, 01:03:36 PM »
Again it looks like we have lucked out. Our luck can't last forever! How many accidents or as they called them incidence have happen in the last five years. We have todays, the one on Jan 13. There was the one at the end of last year when the plane skidded off the runway (wasn't a plane blown over by wind around the same time). Then there was the other plane that crashed at the end of the runway and the pilot died. and there was the one that crashed and a few people died ( I think it was 4 ) in Hasbrouck HTS. I thought I heard of two other planes that had crashed at other airports that had left from Teterboro. I also wonder if the Schools,High Rises,and other buildings have a disaster plan for a plane crash, not just a regular fire plan.

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2005, 07:03:20 PM »
[As printed in the 2/3/05 edition of The Record]

In reference to the jet crash at Teterboro Airport, maybe now those pinheads who want to bring in larger aircraft will reconsider.

Although as of this writing there were no reported fatalities, it was still a horrible situation.

I am a resident of Prospect Avenue in Hackensack, and when I stand out on my terrace, I usually "wave" to the aircraft as they make their final approach to Teterboro. It's amazing that none of these aircraft has crashed into one of the many high-rises on Prospect Avenue, or worse yet, Hackensack University Medical Center, also in the flight path.

Rep. Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn, will have to continue his fight to ban larger jets at Teterboro and maybe even work to discontinue some of the aircraft currently using Teterboro before a situation worse than Wednesday's happens.

A word to the wise is sufficient.

Sharon Solomon

Hackensack, Feb. 2

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Re: Teterboro Airport
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2005, 08:21:46 PM »
Somebody emailed me this article today.  I'm not sure which news outlet wrote it.

DiGAETANO, RANDALL CALL FOR IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF TETERBORO  AIRPORT

BAN ON NON-ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC SOUGHT

Convenience For The Rich Is Costing Lives
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February 2, 2005

(Bergen County, NJ) New Jersey Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano (R-Bergen/Passaic)and Bergen County Freeholder Elizabeth Lisa Randall are calling on all local elected officials and Gov. Dick Codey to demand that  the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey close Teterboro Airport to non essential traffic, following the devastating crash earlier today

        Randall said Teterboro has been an accident waiting to happen for too long and that its time a remove this menace from our community before more people are hurt and killed.

          The two Republicans are calling for an immediate ban on non-essential, non-government flights to Teterboro. The ban will give federal officials time to study the latest crash and to ensure that all safety measures are being followed to prevent future tragedies.

        Randall said she would like to see the airport closed, but said federal aviation officials have been opposed to that idea for many years  and admits permanently closing the airport would be difficult.

          Teterboro Airport is little more than a convenience for the wealthy corporate elite and celebrities who cant be bothered going to Newark Airport. But people shouldnt have to die so the rich and famous arent inconvenienced, said Randall.

          DiGaetano noted that todays plane crashed in to a building just a few yards away from the county vocational high school. Today's crash could have been a tragedy, many children could have been lost had this accident occurred just a few hours and a few feet from when and where it did said DiGaetano. "We must ensure that the airport and those who use it are following safety procedures before Teterboro is reopened to anything other than essential traffic."

          The men and women from our emergency management services who responded should be commended for their dedicated work, added the assemblyman.

          But the fact is that brave public servants cannot prevent tragedies. Only the governor and policy makers at the Port Authority can demand that a through review is completed before the airport is reopened, added DiGaetano.

          Randall said that Teterboro has become a political public relations opportunity for too long with too little being done to protect Bergen residents from the noise and pollutions caused by the airport.

          I am amazed to see many public officials today are busy slapping themselves on the back for their small role in stopping bigger jets from landing at Teterboro.  But thats not the issue we are facing today. It was not a 737 jet that crashed today; it was a smaller jet. So the real question is why is this airport allowed to operate at all in the most densely populated county in the state?

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Re: Teterboro Airport
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2005, 09:26:43 AM »
The following comments were forwarded to me for posting:

It's time our representatives be held accountable for our lives. Continuing
to trumpet the defeat of the Boeing Business Jet is like crowing about
banning assault weapons. Both are good things to stop. But when someone holds me
up it's going to be a handgun they kill me with, not an Uzi. The BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) maybe would have been 1% of all operations at Teterboro Airport. The jet that's going kill us will be one of the 99% still flying, likely bigger than the one that crashed last week.

It is time to get Senator/Governor Corzine's, Representative Rothman's, and
Senator Lautenberg's eyes on the prize. It is past time to move the corporate
jets at TEB to Morristown or Essex County (who don't want the jets, either).
The rich and famous will have to drive in their limos thirty minutes longer to
get to the airport. Better them riding longer now than hundreds riding in
the lines of limos that will be needed for the funerals when a Gulfstream
crashes into Hackensack's Medical Center, high-rise apartment buildings and
Hasbrouck Heights' homes.

The Instrument Landing System has been in violation of FAA environmental
regulations since it was opened. It should be closed now, which will stop many
corporate flights. If TEB were illegally dumping toxic waste into the
Hackensack River that put lives at risk I don't think the feds or the state would allow
dumping to continue. Why is the illegal ILS allowed to put our lives at risk
hundreds of times a day?

I am also weary of the letters to the editor saying "You moved near Teterboro
knowing it was an airport." When my parents moved here in 1956, TEB was a
GENERAL AVIATION Airport, not an International airport and brother to LaGuardia,
Newark and JFK. There were no corporate jets in 1956. The "You moved near
Teterboro knowing it was an airport" argument is like saying "You moved near
the Ridgefield Power Plant knowing it generated electricity" after the coal/oil
generator was replaced by a nuclear reactor in violation of environmental
regulations and disregarding the safety of the millions living so close to the
plant. I'll agree to Teterboro staying open if it again becomes the Teterboro
Airport my parents knew.

We all need to call our Congressperson and Senators offices and get the names
of their transportation aides, their e-mails and phone numbers. We need
specific contacts we can pin down (e.g., Robert Helland, an aide to now Senator
Corzine's office, who uncovered the actually number of yearly operations during
Corzine's campaign). It's time Congressperson and Senators get daily e-mails
(along with every media contact we have) naming them as "non-doers." What's
more "The Record" better get a clear idea that we're not kidding and their "TEB
can be fixed" attitude is not being "a friend to the people it serves."

We must light a fire under these people and keep it burning if we don't want
to die by fire.

Dick Bruno
Hackensack
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2005, 05:54:40 PM »
"It's a rich man's airport, for rich guys and movie stars,"

See full article:  Criticism of Teterboro intensifies after jet crash

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2005, 11:28:44 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2005, 11:12:24 AM »
Aye, ye, ye....

Another one:  Jet skids off runway at Teterboro

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2005, 09:40:27 PM »
This post was sent to me by Mr. Paul Griffo and is reprinted with permission.  It was altered slightly for grammar and continuity.

In light of the following article, shouldn't we again renew our concerns about security at Teterboro? Shouldn't we be calling for the closing of this real and present threat to Bergen County?
 
It's time to step up the calls, e-mails and letters to the newspaper editors.  Security at Teterboro is a joke and Bergen County is a target rich area for any terrorist at any time.  Who wants to be in the football stadium when Al Qaeda drops a Gulfstream V onto the 50 yard line during a game?  Or in Hackensack Hospital, or the offices of the Bergen Record?  You don't have to hijack a plane out of the airport, you just have to fly one into it!  (or into a target seconds from the airport, like the stadium, Hackensack Hospital, GW Bridge, Empire State Building, etc.

 
Government Report on U.S. Aviation Warns of Security Holes
By ERIC LICHTBLAU

Published: March 14, 2005

WASHINGTON, March 13 - Despite a huge investment in security, the American aviation system remains vulnerable to attack by Al Qaeda and other jihadist terrorist groups, with noncommercial planes and helicopters offering terrorists particularly tempting targets, a confidential government report concludes.

Intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda may have discussed plans to hijack chartered planes, helicopters and other general aviation aircraft for attacks because they are less well-guarded than commercial airliners, according to a previously undisclosed 24-page special assessment on aviation security by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago.

But commercial airliners are also "likely to remain a target and a platform for terrorists," the report says, and members of Al Qaeda appear determined to study and test new American security measures to "uncover weaknesses."

The assessment comes as the Bush administration, with a new intelligence structure and many new counterterrorism leaders in place, is taking stock of terrorists' capabilities and of the country's ability to defend itself.

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