Share your thoughts on helicopter noise tonight


Curbing the noise created by helicopters flying over houses in Southold Town is the topic of conversation at a meeting in Southold tonight.

Southold Town is hosting a public meeting along with Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski to discuss possible solutions to address noise abatement and the reduction of helicopter traffic.

“The prevalence of helicopters and the associated noise has diminished the quality of life for many North Fork residents,” the supervisor said in a statement.

The meeting aims to bring Southold residents together with groups advocating against helicopter traffic on the North Fork — such as Group for the East End — to discuss strategies to reduce the number of helicopters that fly overhead on their way to the South Fork, town officials said.

One goal of the meeting is to establish a community advisory group. The committee would be responsible for working with regional groups, as well as Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) to resolve the noise problem.

Speakers include Adam Santiago, District Director for Congressman Tim Bishop’s office; Kyle Strober, Director, Long Island District Office for Senator Charles Schumer; and Debbie Tinnirello, Long Island Regional Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. In addition, several Citizen Advisory Council members from communities on the South Fork will provide their perspective, as well as local pilot Joseph Fischetti.

In an effort to accommodate all interested parties, panelists will speak for a total of five minutes and residents will have three minutes to ask questions or offer comments.

The meeting is scheduled for tonight, Monday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane in Peconic.

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