An FAA working group has until Aug. 28 to present its recommendations for improving airspace safety in New York's busy Hudson River corridor. As the group convened for the first time Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he would not "prejudge" the panel's work by speculating on new regulations that might ensue. "We'll speak loudly on this, and it won't take forever," LaHood promised. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said the new panel represented a change of heart by the FAA, which in the past has insisted it has no legal authority to restrict the airspace. "The new view by the FAA is that they have the authority," Menendez said.
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