Community Board 11 introduced its new board members as well as discussed airplane noise in Bayside and an ongoing project at Oakland Lake during its monthly meeting Monday night.
The board’s new members include Oakland Gardens’ Linda Lee, Bayside’s Daniel Baek and Douglaston’s Alim Gafar, who was the former Parent Teacher Association president at P.S. 98.
“I live in Douglas Manor with my wife and daughter,” Gafar said. “We believe in the local school system and giving back. I’m really excited about being able to serve and help out in the community.”
CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said that a long-awaited portion of the Oakland Lake upgrade project is still in the design stage at the city’s Department of Design and Construction.
“We were promised they’d be breaking ground and would remediate the pathway around the lake,” he said. “Apparently, that’s not the case and they are still in the design phase. They are taking their sweet time. Now, they are telling us it’s next year, which to me is unacceptable. I was hoping that what I’d started 15 years ago would be completed while I’m still chairman.”
Board members said they are still hearing planes fly over their community every few minutes, despite a recent meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration on the matter.
“The FAA tends to do what they want and think nobody will stop them,” board member Andy Rothman said. “They may end up being surprised.”
CB 11’s Janet McEneaney, who founded Queens Quiet Skies, said there will be an information session on the airplane noise at 7 p.m. on May 7 in Bayside High School’s auditorium.
The noise is a result of a new flight pattern out of LaGuardia Airport.
Listen to community leaders speak about the airplane noise in a video attached to this article.