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The public is invited to a panel discussion at Pace University March 18 about Westchester Airport.
The public is invited to a panel discussion at Pace University March 18 about Westchester Airport. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

PLEASANTVILLE N.Y. -- Is the Westchester County Airport expansion taking off or grounded?

Join Conservation Café Friday, March 18 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a discussion on the changes proposed to the Westchester County Airport passenger limitations by County officials at Pace University, Pleasantville campus.

The airport was built in the 1940s close to Kensico Reservoir as a small airport for National Guard use. By the early 1980s it had grown so much as a mostly general aviation airport with some commercial flights that the noise impact from the flights was affecting residents for miles around the airport.

A voluntary legal agreement between the County and the airlines was reached to put limits on the commercial flights and the size of the terminal. It has been responsible for limiting the uncontrolled growth of the airpot, and has been a crucial tool in protecting Westchester's environmental quality by preventing or mitigating air pollution, water pollution and noise impacts caused by large airports all across the country.

The Cafe will cover the proposed changes, the history of the work that has gone into keeping the size of Westchester County Airport under control, and the concerns surrounding the environmental impacts of any changes to the current law.

Speakers will include Peter Scherrer, the Westchester County Airport manager, environmental lawyer and board member of Federated Conservationists of Westhchester County, Carolyn Cunninghanm, George Klein, Vice Chair of Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group and Airport Committee Chairman for this Sierra Club Chapter Ted Anderson.

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Gottesman room, Kellel Student Center.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Pace University is located at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. Enter at Entrance 3.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated at http://westchesterairportcoc.eventbrite.com

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