50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
The Boston Celtics basketball franchise that began in 1946 was purchased by Trans-National Communications.
Hurricane Camille struck the United States Gulf Coast killing 259 people, mostly in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand by a backfiring pistol while filming the movie “Ned Kelly” in Australia.
On the chance that you kept an old calendar from 1969, the first time the dates fall on the same days as they did then will be in 2025.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)
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Concerns about helicopter noise are mounting after a new luxury helicopter service announced plans to shuttle passengers between Manhattan and East Hampton.
Wheels Up, a company that allows members to book private aircraft, has partnered with HeliFlite, a helicopter charter service, to offer 40-minute flights from Manhattan to East Hampton Airport in Wainscott on Fridays beginning in mid-June. (more…)
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Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) speaking at a gathering November 28 in Jamesport of East End officials demanding action from the federal government on helicopter noise.
After a Federal Aviation Administration “workshop” held in Riverhead on November 14 left residents and elected officials alike dissatisfied, East End officials, including Councilman Jim Colligan, gathered at Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport on November 28 to demand the FAA hold a proper public hearing on the matter. (more…)
New York State has given East Hampton a voice in future FAA grants on its airport use.
Thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the East Hampton Town Board and voters are assured they will have a voice in any future Federal Aviation Administrations grants. (more…)
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…)