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Aug 18, 2014 10:39 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town Board To Hold Special Meeting On Airport Noise

Aug 19, 2014 3:59 PM

The East Hampton Town Board is planning a public meeting to address renewed concern about aircraft noise generated by the East Hampton Airport, according to a press release from Supervisor Larry Cantwell on Monday.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at LTV Studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott. The purpose is to allow affected residents to voice their concerns about the issue, which have intensified this summer, Town Board member Kathee Burke-Gonzalez said at an East Hampton Town Board work session on Tuesday morning.

The number of flights in and out of the East Hampton Airport are up more than 20 percent since last year, and helicopter operations are up 40 percent, according to a report Ms. Burke-Gonzalez prepared for the Town Board.

“To date, there is $300,000 more this year in landing fees versus last year, which supports the increase in traffic,” Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said, referring to numbers from the airport’s billing program.

​Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said there would not be enough seating at Town Hall to accommodate the number of people who would attend the meeting, and that the topic would take too much time to include at a regular Town Board meeting.

Noyac, Shelter Island and Sag Harbor Village generate the most noise complaints, according to a hotline for residents as well as an online form for submitting complaints. Complaints are coming from as far away as the Town of Riverhead, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said.

“We’re giving folks the opportunity to come and address the board,” she said of the August 27 meeting.

The meeting at LTV will seat 200 people, and Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said there is ample parking at the LTV Studios. The meeting will be aired live, and the town is in the process of working with Cablevision to have it streamed live in the five East End towns.

The issue of noise from the East Hampton Airport has been one plaguing the area for years. In July, the town hired Young Environmental Sciences Inc. to conduct an analysis of noise generated by the airport to get a clear understanding of the areas most affected and to what degree. However, because the airport receives funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport must remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and localized restrictions cannot be imposed.

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I was woken at 5 am this morning by a loud private jet flying low over my house in Southampton. This has become a quality of life issue - a few people's right to fly vs the disturbance of many people's peace.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Aug 18, 14 12:34 PM
No you weren't. There was a TFR over most of SH from surface to 3000' that prevented any aircraft from flying anywhere near there. Plus any aircraft over SH are equally likely to be going to Gabreski.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 18, 14 2:04 PM
So what do you suggest? Close down Grabreski and East Hampton from Memorial day to Labor day? Come on
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 18, 14 2:15 PM
I was woken at 5am yesterday by a half dozen loud motorcycles, then again at 7am by a leaf blower, then my breakfast was interrupted by a garbage truck banging around, then at 8am my peaceful existence was interrupted by a lawn mower, followed at 8:30am by a chainsaw. Do you propose banning all these things too?
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 18, 14 1:55 PM
Thank you localEH for recognizing these interruptions to your "peaceful existence." Will they be banned? Not outright, but reasonable restrictions on all sources of excess sound are coming.

One person's reaction to the excess land-based sounds above, is another person's reaction to excessive noise from the sky?

At least we are on the same page that "peaceful existence" is a shared human goal. Now -- how do we move calmly and reasonably toward that common goal, while also recognizing ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 18, 14 2:20 PM
Let me ask you this PBR, why won't your anti-airport group specifically state it's actual goals? You keep using the generalization that you want control of the airport in order to impose "restrictions", but you are still cagey about what those "restrictions" specially are. You are demanding this community give you carte blanche control over a major community asset but are refusing to say what you will do with that control. Why are you being so evasive? Why won't you give this community some transparency? ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 19, 14 11:05 AM
Your assumptions are misplaced. I represent only one human being with freedom to speak, so please be more precise in your reading comprehension and analysis. I share SOME of the views of the groups to which you seem to refer, but not all of them, as I have made clear in my many attempts to take a moderate middle of the road position.

If you insist on flailing away with your inaccurate broad brush, by the way, you actually do a disservice to those you claim to represent.

Thank you.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 19, 14 12:35 PM
Reference to "broad brush"? Check.
Implying someone has "reading comprehension" problems? Check.
Passive Aggressive "Thank you"? Check.
thinly veiled Ad-hominem attack? Check. ("flailing away" - "reading comprehension/analysis"

Another post brought to you by, PBR.

She asked a serious of questions which you happily evaded. While acknowledging you are "only one human being with freedom to speak", what would YOU like to see happen at/with the airport?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 19, 14 12:54 PM
Thank you Nanny Nature.

Rage on . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 19, 14 6:04 PM
The relentless air traffic in and out of what was once a small hobbyists airport has increased over 40 percent this summer as people seek an alternative to the Long Island Expressway. Unfortunately, convenience for a few means constant disturbance for many. This needs to be better regulated or it will get even more out of control in the future. Speak out and speak out now.
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Aug 18, 14 9:39 PM
Once again you are spreading false information about the airport to intentionally make this issue seem worse than it is and pressure the town into closing the airport. Aircraft traffic as a whole did NOT increase by 40%. Only helicopter traffic increased by 40%, and that is because of several new commercial companies this year who only operate for 3 months of the year. Helicopter traffic is a much smaller proportion of overall traffic than fixed wing aircraft at the airport. But the truth means ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 19, 14 10:23 AM
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By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Aug 20, 14 9:31 PM
PBR - we're still waiting.
By fact (25), east hampton on Aug 21, 14 7:42 AM