Environmental Review Westchester Airport

A recent letter sent by Westchester County Legislator David Gelfarb, informed his constituents that an environmental review of Westchester County Airport is in the works. This review is what local communities and Gelfarb have been demanding in connection to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s plan to reconfigure passenger limits at the county-run airport. For the past 32-years the airport has operated with a limit of 240-passengers per half hour and a voluntary curfew between midnight and 6:30am. Astorino’s proposal intends to adjust the limit so that 240-passengers per half hour would operate 24 hours per day. The total daily passenger limit is set at 11,520. Astorino’s plan intends to offer greater flexibility of gates during peak times. Critics believe the airport is being pressured by airline services that want to fly larger aircraft more often and they are concerned that Westchester will become LaGuardia North. Legislator Gelfarb stated in his letter “Unless and until environmental experts have, at a minimum, addressed the environment impacts, the board cannot even begin to address this legislation.”

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