Citizens asked to form local group to fight helicopter noise


Southold Town is calling on its residents take part in a locally based community activist group to help combat helicopter noise in Southold and across the East End.

The town is hosting an organizational meeting Sept. 30 with the goal of rallying citizens and creating a Southold-based group that would work alongside other community groups on the East End.

“The Town has been actively pursuing all available options to combat helicopter noise and traffic,” Supervisor Scott Russell said in a statement Friday. “We would like to create a working group to join forces with other East End communities that share our burden.”

Those groups would include Wainscott-based Quiet Skies Coalition, which boasts more than 5,000 members fighting to stop helicopters from flying over East End homes.

The Southold organizational meeting comes about a month after residents of both forks packed an East Hampton Town Board meeting to protest members’ handling of the East Hampton Airport, the destination for much of the helicopter traffic.

The organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting hall.

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