Tag: JFK Airport

MTA debuts new turnstiles at Jamaica subway station designed to increase accessibility, hinder fare evasion


Dec. 6, 2023 By Bill Parry The MTA announced on Dec. 4 the installation of the first-ever wide-aisle fare gates and a new customer service center at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue-JFK Airport subway station in Jamaica. The first full replacement of traditional turnstiles in the subway system will improve accessibility for riders with wheelchairs, strollers…
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Port Authority agreement reached to expand truck parking at JFK Airport, bringing relief to southeast Queens streets


Nov. 22, 2023 By Bill Parry Southeast Queens residents have complained of illegal truck parking around JFK Airport for years, a quality-of-life issue that was exasperated during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Nov. 21, the Port Authority Board of Governors approved a lease supplement with JFK AP LLC, the operator of a truck parking, fueling and…
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Port Authority collaborates with York College on new academy as part of $19B redevelopment of JFK Airport


Oct. 31, 2023 By Bill Parry The Port Authority recently announced an agreement with York College in Jamaica and CUNY to launch an Aviation and Aerospace Academy as part of the $19 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport. The initiative will provide an aviation-focused weekend and summer education and enrichment program in science,…
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New construction support facility opens at JFK Airport in effort to reduce truck traffic in southeast Queens


Sep. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry Southeast Queens residents who are forced to deal with chronic traffic congestion around JFK Airport will get much-needed relief after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced on Sept. 27 that operations have started at a new construction support facility along the Bergen Basin. The support…
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Astoria woman busted for assaulting customs agent with karate chop at JFK Airport: Feds

Aug. 30, 2023 By Bill Parry An Astoria woman was arrested by federal agents and charged with assaulting one of their own with a karate chop that was caught on surveillance video at JFK Airport last week. Emilia Mathias, 57, of Steinway Street in Astoria, had just returned from a trip to Brazil and was making her way through Terminal 4 when she was stopped by a female U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer on Tuesday, Aug. 22, according to the criminal complaint. The agent told Mathias that she could not enter the secured area and tried to get…
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‘Fix this mess’: Schumer demands immediate action from TSA as staffing shortages cause chaos at JFK Airport

Aug. 18, 2023 By Bill Parry Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding answers immediate action from the Transportation Security Administration to alleviate chronic staffing issues that have tormented air travelers at JFK Airport this month. Schumer released a public letter on Aug. 17  following a call with TSA administrators amid chaos he called unacceptable…
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Long Island firm selected to build construction support facility at JFK Airport to lessen impact on neighbors in southeast Queens

Jun. 2, 2023 By Bill Parry Southeast Queens residents will be chanting “Lets Go Mets” as construction ramps up on the $19 billion JFK transformation project and it will have nothing to do with baseball. The Port Authority on June 1 announced that a Long Island company, the Melville-based Modern Efficient Transport and Supply LLC…
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Mechanic at JFK Airport convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine: Feds

May. 4, 2023 By Bill Parry

An American Airlines mechanic at JFK Airport was found guilty Tuesday by a federal jury in Brooklyn of trying to smuggle more than 25 pounds of cocaine after he was “caught red-handed” during a routine search in 2020.