John Conte, Round Hill Association President, provided this recap of the Westchester County Airport (HPN) Expansion Public Hearing that was held on Monday, June 25, 2018.
The meeting last night regarding the Westchester County Airport‘s Expansion was an open mic public hearing format. There was a brief presentation from the County Executive George Latimer, and a panel of representatives who spoke about newly reported findings of contaminated water and how it dates back to the past use of fire suppressants of a type that are no longer used. The meeting was being recorded and more details can be accessed on their websites.
There were also a few comments about how the new administration is taking a fresh look at the current and long range plans. Mr. Latimer stressed that the plans were not of his administration’s making and that he was doing everything he could to listen to the public and make careful, well informed decisions moving forward.
Other than his brief comments, it was mostly a public hearing format, allowing area residents to speak about the impact the airport has on the quality of life in the region.
Comments were overwhelmingly biased toward the need for noise reduction and limiting future growth as well as concerns over recent observed increases in noise and air traffic. There was also strong support for keeping control of the airport in county hands, not allowing it to be leased out long term to any outside private interests.
There was a full auditorium and many people spoke, myself included. My comments were brief and as follows:
‘My name is John Conte. I am a greenwich resident and am the current president of the Round Hill Association. I am here to speak personally and as a representative of our neighborhood association, which consists of over 1,000 homes with hundreds of active members.
I believe it is vital to the quality of life and to the enjoyment of our homes and properties, that as the airport modernizes, it renews its commitment to being a responsible neighbor to so many residential areas impacted by its operations.
For myself, and for so many of my neighbors, that means a renewed commitment from the airport to minimize its growth and to minimize the frequency of loud aircraft and large commercial flights.
As stated by so many others here tonight, this is vital to a basic quality of life.