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  Momentum for Ocean Routing is Building:
Our Supporters to Date (1998-2004)

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2005
8/19 Acting Governor Codey writes to FAA Administrator Blakey regarding the FAA's exclusion of the public from the airspace redesign's deliberations, while including the aviation industry in the process. Acting Governor Codey requests that the agency convene a public forum in New Jersey on the progress of the project.
8/17 Staffers from Congressman Payne, Frelinghuysen, and Rothman's office along with a staffer from Senator Corzine's office attend the FAA's August 17 Congressional quarterly update meeting on the airspace redesign. The delegation requests detailed information from the FAA regarding modeling of the redesign alternatives.
3/22 Senator Corzine writes to FAA Administrator Blakey regarding the contributions made by the joint FAA/aviation industry RTCA committees on the airspace redesign. Senator Corzine relays NJCAAN's request for any modeling, reports, and recommendations generated through the RTCA process.
 
2004
9/22 Senator Lautenberg writes to FAA Administrator Blakey concerning NJCAAN's assertion that the FAA failed to comply with the Office of the Inspector General's 2000 audit on the agency's use of the joint FAA/aviation industry RTCA committee as an advisory committee.
8/05 Representative Ferguson contacts the FAA and presents the agency with NJCAAN's questions and concerns for the airspace redesign project.
8/02 Governor McGreevey writes to FAA Administrator Blakey reiterating his position that the airspace redesign includes significant aircraft noise reduction. Governor McGreevey also requests that the FAA provide a public update meeting on the project.
7/27 Senator Corzine writes to FAA Administrator Blakey as a follow up to his 6/07 letter regarding the status of the airspace redesign study. Senator Corzine also presents Administrator Blakey with NJCAAN's questions and concerns for the project.
6/15 Representative Frelinghuysen also writes to FAA Administrator Blakey regarding the status of the Metro Airspace Redesign study mandated in the 2004 Appropriations Bill.
6/07 Senator Corzine writes to FAA Administrator Blakey regarding the status of the Metro Airspace Redesign study mandated in the 2004 Appropriations Bill. The study should include details "on all planned components and elements of the redesign project, including details on aircraft noise reduction and any ocean routing modeling that has been conducted."
4/26 Ms. Kerry McKenney, Press Secretary and Legislative Director for Representative Payne, presents the FAA with NJCAAN's questions and concerns at the FAA's March 26, 2004 quarterly Congressional update meeting on the airspace redesign. The initiative commences a series of inquiries by Ms. McKenney at the quarterly Congressional update meetings on NJCAAN's behalf.
1/29 Senator Corzine and 7 colleagues write to EPA Administrator Leavitt, requesting the agency actively engage in the Metro Redesign process to ensure that airport noise is adequately addressed.
 
2003
12/18 Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by resolution, unanimously endorses ocean routing and noise reduction as a primary metro airspace redesign goal.
10/22 Representative Holt and 14 colleagues write EPA Administrator Leavitt, requesting vigilant agency oversight of the Metro Redesign to assure FAA substantially reduces noise.
8/01 NJCAAN submits comment on the FAA's Draft Flight Plan 2004-2008.
6/24 Representative Frelinghuysen, an Appropriation Cardinal, announces $6.5 million in 2004 funding for the metro airspace redesign. His press release states; "With this funding, Frelinghuysen has secured over $25 million in the last four years specifically for the NJ/NY airspace redesign."
6/18 Port Authority Chairman Coscia publicly states the PA "must enhance the region's ability to compete globally and also address quality-of-life issues."
6/09 Representative Pascrell inserts corrective language into streamlining section of the FAA AIP reauthorization bill to address a categorical exclusion of environmental reviews of air traffic operations above 3000 feet.
5/20 Senator Corzine and Representative Rothman champion a New Jersey delegation letter distributed to the entire Congress, seeking to create a national congressional coalition in support of substantial noise reduction as a primary scoping objective for the FAA's national airspace redesign. Bipartisan cosigners on this congressional letter include Representatives Andrews, Pallone, Frelinghuysen, Pascrell, Holt, Ferguson and Garrett.
5/19 Representative Ferguson releases the DOT IG report on the Yardley Robbinsville 'Flip Flop.' The IG finds the FAA did not notify Congress or the community on this route change and ignored 'red flags' that the routing change would increase noise for hundreds of thousands of citizens. Ferguson stated: "The FAA was less than truthful at best or lied and created facts at worst - either is unacceptable."
5/6 EPA Eastern Region Administrator Kenny responds to Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic's March letter to Whitman. Her letter is boilerplate and non-responsive.
3/27 NJCAAN publicly releases a Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic letter to EPA Administrator Whitman urging the agency to substantively participate in noise issues as part of the FAA's Metro Airspace Redesign.
3/19 State Senator Kean provides the NJ Delegation, President Bush, Transportation Secretary Mineta, and FAA Administrator Blakey with copies of SR 71 and AR 128 requesting that the legislature's consensus is that noise reduction must be a redesign priority.
2/27 Senate Resolution 71 is unanimously adopted. It memorializes the President and Congress to include noise reduction as a redesign goal.
1/7 Governor McGreevey writes FAA Administrator Blakey stating citizens believe "inadequate consideration" is being given to reducing noise, and legal options are being explored to "block the implementation of any plan that does not include substantial noise reduction for New Jersey."
 
2002
12/21 Governor McGreevey declares 'quality-of-life' as a primary first term focus. Polls consistently show NOISE as the Number 1 quality-of-life complaint.
12/18 Port Authority Chairman Sinagra responds to Governor's October letter stating FAA has assured PA that "aircraft noise is a primary concern of their effort" and that ocean routing is receiving "an extensive evaluation."
11/27 FAA Administrator Blakey's answer is unresponsive to a Corzine confirmation question addressing airport noise reduction as a redesign goal.
11/20 Senator Corzine secures copy of DOT Secretary Mineta's response to the April Holt Delegation letter. The Mineta response is dated 6/27 but was not distributed to Delegation signatories. It is boilerplate and unresponsive.
10/15 Governor McGreevey writes Port Authority Chairman asking agency to advocate airport noise reduction as a priority with the FAA.
9/9 Senator Corzine submits confirmation questions to FAA Administrator nominee Marion C. Blakey.
8/15 Candidate Scott Garrett (R. District 5) endorses a live 6-month test of ocean routing and NJCAAN's three major airspace redesign objectives. Member of the House of Representatives, 2002.
7/17 State Senator Bagger and Assemblymen Kean and Gusciora write EPA Administrator Whitman requesting a special EPA Noise Monitor be assigned to the metro airspace redesign to safeguard New Jersey's interests.
6/26 State Commissioner of Transportation Fox forwards Governor McGreevey's June 10th letter (to FAA Administrator Garvey) to Secretary of Transportation Mineta, FAA Eastern Region Administrator Feldman, and FAA Eastern Region Air Space Manager Hatfield. In his cover letter, Commissioner Fox reiterates "aircraft noise reduction should be a primary objective of the FAA redesign."
6/20 Assembly Resolution 128 is unanimously adopted. It memorializes the President and Congress to include noise reduction as a major metro airspace redesign goal.
6/19 Representative Frelinghuysen writes FAA Administrator Garvey asking why "reduction of air noise is not listed as a redesign goal?"
6/14 Senator Torricelli and Representative Ferguson in a joint letter to the Department of Transportation Inspector General request he investigate the FAA's compliance with its own Preliminary Environmental Review Checklist.
6/10 Governor McGreevey writes FAA Administrator Garvey stating "that the FAA's ongoing Environmental Impact Statement must include noise reduction as a top priority. Furthermore, the FAA review should include a thorough evaluation of ocean routing possibilities as part of this EIS."
5/30 Assembly Transportation Chairman Wisniewski and Senate Deputy Whip Bagger introduce identical resolutions (AR 128 and SR 71) memorializing the President and Congress direct the FAA to include noise reduction as a major goal of New Jersey's redesign.
5/24 Representative Holt writes Administrator Garvey objecting to the absence of public notification related to the December 2001 arrival route changes known as the 'flip flop.'
5/10 A concurrent resolution is filed in the state legislature. It urges the President and Congress to use their authority to have the FAA substantially reduce noise in the redesign. Senator Bagger sponsors SCR 56 and Assemblymen Kean and Gusciora sponsor ACR 104.
4/24 FAA Administrator Garvey, on behalf of the DOT Secretary, denies the 2/25 Torricelli/Frelinghuysen request for an Ocean Routing presentation to the Delegation.
4/12 Representative Holt sponsors a letter to DOT Secretary Mineta requesting a response to the Delegations' united EIS comment supporting noise reduction as a major redesign goal. This bicameral letter is cosigned by Senators Torricelli and Corzine and Representatives Roukema, Andrews, Pallone, Frelinghuysen, Pascrell, Rothman and Ferguson.
3/12 Representative Ferguson writes DOT Secretary Mineta reiterating requests from a January 16th letter which objects to various issues of FAA redesign conduct.
2/25 Senator Torricelli and Representative Frelinghuysen write DOT Secretary Mineta requesting a Delegation presentation of the FAA's model of Ocean Routing.
 
2001
8/29 Governor-elect Jim McGreevey pledges "to use the full resources of the state to ensure that the current airspace redesign results in significant aircraft noise relief for New Jersey."
6/26 Closing Date for the Environmental Impact Scoping (EIS) Comments to the FAA on the Metropolitan Airspace Redesign. Support comments include three points:
  1. FAA is to state noise reduction as one of the primary redesign goals.
  2. Ocean Routing must be considered as an alternative in the EIS.
  3. A variety of noise metrics should be used to evaluate impact .
  • Senator Torricelli writes a compelling Delegation letter citing NJCAAN's three comment period objectives. Senator Corzine, Representatives Roukema, Andrews, Frelinghuysen, Pascrell, Rothman, Holt and Ferguson cite NJCAAN's three comment objectives in their response.
  • Acting Governor DiFrancesco submits the state's comment reaffirming his long-standing support for ocean routing.
  • McGreevey, Schundler, Franks, and Schluter -- the four 2001 gubernatorial candidates -- submit their comments citing NJCAAN's three comment period objectives.
  • Thirty six state legislative comment letters support NJCAAN's position. The legislative districts represent communities in Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union.
  • The Essex County President, the Bergen and Union County Chairmen, the Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset County Directors and the Bergen and Essex County Executives submit their comments citing NJCAAN's three comment objectives.
  • Numerous municipalities submit supporting comments.
  • During the Spring of 2001, NJCAAN contacts its over 7000 household members providing them with an addressed postcard and encouragement to send in their individual comments to the FAA.
 
2000
11/29 Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by resolution, unanimously endorses Runway 22 live testing of Ocean Routing.
10/24 Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by resolution, unanimously endorses live testing of Ocean Routing.
8/8 Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by resolution, unanimously endorses live testing of Ocean Routing.
7/17 Representative Pascrell writes Garvey requesting the FAA immediately model and live test Ocean Routing.
6/21 Senator Torricelli writes Garvey requesting the FAA immediately model and live test Ocean Routing.
5/18 Representatives Holt, Roukema, Franks, Frelinghuysen, and Rothman write Garvey regarding the FAA's intent to live test Ocean Routing at Miami International Airport. The Delegation members state, "If ocean routing is good for Florida, why isn't it good for New Jersey."
4/19 Representative Rothman writes Garvey endorsing live testing of Runway 22 Ocean Routing.
3/20 Candidate Mike Ferguson endorses HR 620 and writes Garvey endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal. Currently, a Member of the House of Representatives, District 7 (2001).
3/17 Union County League of Municipalities President Jardim representing 21 communities writes Garvey endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
3/14 Middlesex County Director Crabiel writes Garvey endorsing Ocean Routing.
3/6 Representative Pascrell writes Garvey requesting modeling of Runway 22 Ocean Routing.
2/28 The Port Authority News Aviation publicly affirms its support for substantial noise reduction.
2/24 Essex County Executive Treffinger writes Clinton endorsing live testing of Ocean Routing.
2/23 Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by resolution, unanimously endorses live testing of Ocean Routing.
2/22 Morris County Director Cabana writes Garvey endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
2/10 Senate President DiFrancesco (acting Governor 2001) in a Delegation letter from Legislative Districts 16, 18, and 22 endorses Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
2/2 Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders writes Garvey unanimously endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
1/28 Representatives Roukema, Franks, Frelinghuysen, and Holt write Garvey endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
1/10 Bergen County Executive Schuber writes Garvey endorsing live testing of ocean routing.

1999
12/6 Mayor McGreevey (Governor 2002) writes Garvey endorsing Governor Whitman's live test proposal.
11/10 Governor Whitman requests FAA live-test ocean routing for JFK and Florida Runway 22 flights.
11/04 Congressional Testimony to Aviation Subcommittee on the Metro Airspace Redesign reaffirms Senator Lautenberg and the FAA's pledge to New Jersey citizens to substantially reduce noise in the metro airspace redesign. Port Authority adds its support for noise reduction.
10/13 Essex County Executive Treffinger endorses HR 620.
10/6 Senator Torricelli inserts language into the FAA reauthorization bill that instructs Garvey to ensure that Ocean Routing is fairly considered in the redesign of metro airspace.
9/29 Candidate Jon Corzine endorses a live six-month test of Ocean Routing for Runway 22. Currently, a Member of the U.S. Senate (2001).
8/10 Governor Whitman commends her NJIT Report to the FAA. She states, "Ocean Routing should be given serious consideration."
3/29 New Jersey Institute of Technology Report endorses Ocean Routing for interim noise relief.
2/23 Representative Holt cosponsors HR 620.
2/8 Representative Franks introduces HR 620, a live six-month test Ocean Routing Bill. Reps Roukema and Frelinghuysen are original sponsors.
 
1998
11/30 Mayor McGreevey (Governor 2002) endorses a live six-month test of Ocean Routing.
11/2 Senate President DiFrancesco (Acting Governor 2001) endorses a live six-month test of Ocean Routing.
10/5 Senators Lautenberg and Torricelli with Representatives Rothman, Pascrell, and Pallone endorse Ocean Routing for Runway 22.
9/11 Representative Pallone supports Ocean Routing for all metro airports.
9/6 Candidate Rush Holt (District 12) endorses a live six-month test of Ocean Routing. Reelected to a second term in the House of Representatives (2001).
7/17 Dean of the Delegation Roukema asks Garvey to do a live six-month test of Ocean Routing. Representatives Frelinghuysen and Franks co-sign.
7/8 Senator Lautenberg, as ranking Transportation Appropriations Committee member, secures $3 million dollars for the Metro Airspace Redesign. Star Ledger reports metro redesign purpose is to "improve safety, reduce delays, and lessen noise." Senator writes NJCAAN stating the redesign "will lead to lower air noise levels" and "NJCAAN will have a voice in this process."
4/13 Senator Lautenberg hosts a meeting with FAA Administrator Garvey and staff for a computer model demo of ocean routing. Garvey pledges the soon-to-be announced metro airspace redesign will reduce noise and that ocean routing will be seriously reviewed by the FAA. Senator Lautenberg and Representatives Pascrell and Menendez join Ms. Garvey in announcing the New York and New Jersey airspace redesign. Noise reduction becomes the political selling point in gaining public support for funding the redesign.


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