Airplane noise may be limiting life expectancy for northeast Queens residents, according to a new study. // Stock photo

Noisy LGA Routes May Actually Lower Life Expectancy

Residents of northeast Queens just found out that the noisy planes they have complained about for years aren’t just affecting their quality of life — they may also limit their life expectancy, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health examined the impact of noise on health as well as the economic benefits of more efficient plane routes. They found that prolonged exposure to loud sounds could increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and anxiety and trim a whole year off a person’s life. They published their report, which used routes out of LaGuardia Airport as a case study, on Aug. 15.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joined Queens ADA Robert Ciesta, other NYC prosecutors and street safety advocates to call upon Albany lawmakers to reinstate “life-saving” speed cameras in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

Queens ADA Joins NYC Prosecutors to Call For Speed Cameras

Prosecutors from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan joined Queens Assistant District Attorney Robert Ciesla on Tuesday for a rally to call on lawmakers to reinstate speed cameras before the upcoming school year.

The message from Ciesla, Queens DA Richard Brown, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to politicians — do your job.

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An angry constituent confronts State. Sen Jose Peralta over his defection to the IDC at a town hall meeting in 2017//Eagle photo by David Brand.

Court and Election Board Demand Queens IDC Members Return Campaign Cash

The New York State Board of Elections has instructed members of the Independent Democratic Conference, including two Queens senators, to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations they received ahead of the September 13 party primaries.

The group of eight Democrats, included State Sen. Jose Peralta and State Sen. Tony Avella from Queens, agreed to caucus with the Republicans starting in 2011. Their collaboration with the Republicans shifted the balance of the 63-member chamber and ensured a GOP majority.

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