REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.
The long shot didn’t pay off.
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear the Town of East Hampton’s petition to overrule a lower court’s decision that the town had no right to restrict access into and out of its airport by helicopters and other so called “noisy” aircraft.
In November, when East Hampton filed the petition, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Town Board’s liaison to the airport, said it would be an “uphill fight,” but one worth pursuing.
Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — a strong advocate of local control of the East Hampton-owned airport — had characterized the move as a “long shot” and as “going to reach for the gold ring … maybe the court might toss out federal regulation and go for home rule.”
But it wasn’t to be. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
For New Yorkers, this may be the best of times judging by the just adopted state budget.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s draft proposal left a lot of critics speculating on his motivations at a time when he clearly wants to make folks happy as he appears to be eyeing a 2020 White House run. Perhaps he wanted to appear to be fiscally conservative. (more…)
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
The late-winter storm striking the tri-state area Tuesday is expected to spare the East End the worst, but dangerous conditions are still expected with high winds and blizzard-like conditions. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School
The New York State Assembly has taken the first step in what it hopes will be a fix to the School Tax Relief (STAR) program that provides tax relief to eligible property owners. (more…)
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo should be applauded for his newly announced pledge that tuition costs at state colleges will be covered for New Yorkers whose annual household income is $125,000 or less. (more…)