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Queens Residents Call For Bill To Reduce Airplane Noise

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Some Queens residents say that airplane noise is lowering their quality of life, and they are hoping that a new bill will quiet the roar of planes passing overhead.

New legislation would require airlines to stock their fleets with new, quieter planes that meet a lower noise level standard.

The Silent Skies Act gives airlines until 2035 for all commercial airplanes to be fitted.

"We suffer. It's not easy living a heartbeat away from a runway," said Rose Marie Poveromo, a resident of Astoria Heights.

"Our airports will never be perfect neighbors, but we can certainly can make them better ones," said Rep. Joe Crowley, whose district covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.

The bill would also authorize federal funding for research and development of quieter engines.

Crowley says he hopes to have the new legislation passed as soon as possible.

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