Good for democracy.
That’s the significance of the legislation authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) signed into law last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo providing that if any future East Hampton Town Board wants a Federal Aviation Administration grant running 10 years or more, it would have to be approved by the voters.
Local elected leaders say they aren’t giving up their fight against helicopter noise despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to reject Southold Town’s petition requesting that the controversial North Shore route be reconsidered.
It’s been nearly two months since Southold Town petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider its decision to extend the North Shore helicopter route, which has led to noise complaints from East End residents.
Southold Town announced Tuesday that it has filed a formal complaint asking that the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider and change its recent ruling extending the North Shore helicopter route for four years. The town argues in its petition that the agency did not give the public its right of notice and opportunity to be heard before extending the route, which has led to noise complaints from East End residents.
To the editor:
The good news is that I got to retire in 2010. The bad news is that, although I have the time to enjoy the serenity of my yard, I can’t due to the constant noise intrusion caused by loud, low-flying seaplanes and helicopters. READ
A Federal Aviation Administration official recently told a group of East End leaders that a decision to approve a four-year extension of the current New York North Shore Helicopter Route was done as a result of political pressure from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, according to Congressman Lee Zeldin.
When something isn’t working in private business, you consult with your customers and staff and make adjustments as you move ahead.
In the public sector, that isn’t always the case.
Congressman Lee Zeldin came out blasting Saturday night against a four-year extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s current New York North Shore Helicopter Route, which he called “unresponsive bureaucracy at its best.” READ
In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration pledged not to take negative action against East Hampton Town with regard to the enactment of noise restrictions at its airport.
Now, three years later, Congressman Lee Zeldin has taken steps to assure the agency keeps its word.
A funding bill passed June 9 by the House of Representatives includes an amendment written by Mr. Zeldin (R-Shirley) to ensure that the FAA does not use any new funds to take action against East Hampton Town following its recent efforts to restrict helicopter access.
Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Congressman Lee Zeldin asked the Federal Aviation Administration to do its part in reducing helicopter noise on the East End before the busy summer season in a letter he sent last week. (more…)