Congressman Rothman’s efforts resulted in making Teterboro Airport quieter, safer and less busy for the communities surrounding the airport.
In 2002, Rothman worked with the Port Authority to ban “Stage 1” noisy aircraft from Teterboro airport.
Also, Boeing Company had been working since 1996 to allow its 140,000 pound plus Boeing 737 Business Jets into the airport and filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA then proposed a policy change requiring airports to provide evidence of the potential damages that planes weighing over 100,000 pounds would cause, thus shifting the burden of proof upon local residents and officials and supporting Boeing’s plans.
Congressman Rothman and his partners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey criticized the proposed exceptions and in 2003 Steve Rothman authored a measure in Congress to prevent the F.A.A from lifting the 100,000 pound weight limit at Teterboro Airport, thus keeping out Boeing’s 737 Business Jets. Rothman’s bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and was signed into law by President Bush in 2002.
In 2004, Congressman Rothman also oversaw the passage of a federal law preventing scheduled passenger air service at Teterboro Airport. He also organized a public-private partnership with the airport’s chief operators to ban the noisiest planes, limit nighttime flights, and to work with surrounding communities to address their additional complaints about the airport.
Further reading on the efforts to limit the use of Teterboro Airport can be found in the Press Archive.