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(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.

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.

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

Private Jet Crashes Near Teterboro, NJ Airport-Report

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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