Wydler Charges Failure Of Public
Protection Against Jet Noises
Congressman John W. Wydler,
this week charged that the
federal government has failed
in its responsibility to protect
the public from inhuman intrusion
on their lives and privacy by jet
aircraft noise. " The people are
made to suffer so the airlines
may profit,'* Wydler said, " and
although the federal government
is extending itself into areas that
have traditionally been State and
local problems, it is reluctant
to act in an area in which it
has exclusive jurisdiction - the
control of the nation's airspace."
In his statement to the Subcommittee
Wydler said the problem was
not the mere annoyance of noise
but noise of an intensity mat
destroys normal living and interferes
with educational instruction,
religious worship and
mental and physical health. " To
allow it to continue would be
inhuman", Wydler said, « ^ and
a gross failure by Congress to
meet its responsibilities."
The Subcommittee is considering
legislation to allow the Secretary
of Transportation to set
jet noise levels for aircraft.
Wydler introduced the first such
legislation on June 22,1966. A
one- day hearing in October of
1966 resulted in no action.
Wydler offered to provide a
jet noise demonstration for the
committee of the actual sound
of jet noise as heard in his
District. « Tf such a recording
were played in this room, this
hearing would have to stop."
Wydler went on, " That is what
happens to the normal life of
the people in my District."
Wydler warned the Committee
that the failure of the Committee
to act would be a failure to
take action in an area that is
exclusively within federal control.
" If these hearings do not
result in the passage of the
legislation they will have served
merely to add to the noise that
is disturbing the public."
If the Congress does not wish
to act, then the least it can do
is to empower the local
governments to take the
necessary action to protect the
people. Supervisor Ralph G.
Caso has had a good noise ordinance
passed by the Town of
Hempstead only to have the
Federal courts rule that this
is an exclusively federal area
of control. Supervisor Caso
should be commended for fighting
for the people and the least
we can do would be to empower
him to continue that fight.
District Court Judge Francis
J. Donovan dismissed the case
on Monday against Farmingdale
Public Library Trustee Carl E.
Gorton who had been charged with
assaulting Assistant Librarian
Mrs. Hortensia R. Stoyan, who
has preferred charges against
Judge Donovan told the prosecutor,
Assistant District Attorney,
Joseph Laurie, " Theremust
be hostile intent to injure her.
His ( Gorton's) only intent was to
get her ( Mrs. Stoyan's) hand off
the microphone. He never pushed
her ... he never kicked her. The
first aggressive action was hers.
This man had no intent whatsoever."
By her own admission
she ' tapped' Gorton with his cane.
Gorton had gone to the South
Farmingdale Library with the
tape recorder to gather informa-
the word bargain
ring to it
One of the biggest bargains you'll find anywhere is your
telephone. You can do more with it, dial more people, get them
faster than ever before. And despite these improvements in
service, some telephone costs have actually gone down.
More than 40% of the New York State calls you paid long
distance charges on ten years ago are now local
calls. And since 1940, there has been an overall decrease
in long distance rates.
That's why we say that when the telephone rings, it has
the ring of a bargain. A real, lasting bargain. If talk is cheap,
blame it on the phone company.
New York Telephone
Part off the Nationwide Bell System
tion about a remedial ri
program sponsored by the library.
Gorton claimed that he was
unable to obtain the information
from the library director or the
library board majority. Mrs.
Stoyan testified mat she and the
library's reading specialist, Jack
Rothman objected toGortan's recording
their answers on the
grounds that it was an invasion
of privacy. The scuffle occurred
after Mrs. Stoyan asked Gorton
to shut off the tape recorder and
Mrs. Stoyan said on the witness
stand that she grabbed the microphone
with her left band, that Gorton
then grabbed her wrist and
she grabbed Gorton's cane and
' tapped' him.
The prosecution had called
three witnesses to the stand,
clerks, Elizabeth Miller, Karen
Nowak and Kenneth Uva as well
as Mrs. Stoyan. They each described
the incident on August 11th
when Gorton had come to the
South Farmingdale Library with
his tape recorder.
Gorton had acted as his own
attorney. He had questioned the
members of the jury to see
whether they had any prejudice
against the Join Birch Society
of which he is an avowed member.
The six man - all male jury,
who did not ever get to decide
on the case, were satisfactory to
Gorton cross- examined Mrs.
Stoyan and reenacted the tape
recorder incident with the court
clerk acting in his stead. Gorton
sought to prove that Mrs. Stoyan's
$ 1,000 raise in salary came
on September 12th, after the incident.
After the court case dismissal,
Gorton said that he would
not sue Mrs. Stoyan for filing
the assault charges. " On the advice
of my pastor, I'm not filing
a countersuit. It would not be
a proper Christian action. Justice
has finally been served." However,
Gorton stated mat as library
trustee he would seek her
The four seniors of the Month
from Farmingdale High School
for this month have won the
highest honor accorded to high
school students by the New York
State School Music Association.
In competitive additions, they
have been selected to play and
sing with the All- State Band Orchestra
and Chorus at the annual
Conference, to be held at the Concord
Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, New
York. Those named were Jack
Rapport, Charlotte Meyn, Marilyn
Goldberg and Joseph DePalo.
Jack will play bassoon with the
All- State Orchestra, Charlotte
will play alto clarinet with the
All- State Band, Marilyn will sing
alto with the All- State Chorus
and Joseph will play clarinet with
the All- State Band.
Lecture At Library
As part of the Farmingdale
Public Library Craft Demonstration
Series, a jewelry making
lecture will be offered on
Tuesday, November 28th at 8410
p. m. at the South Farmingdale
Branch Library. Julian Wolfe
president of the Long Island
Craftsman's Guild will deliver
the lecture and demonstrate the
art of jewelry making.
Books and other materials will
be available for background reading.
The program for which there is
no charge, is part of a series.
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Formingdole OBSERVER Thursday, November 2 3 , 1967
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