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…)
KYRIL BROMLEY, THE EAST HAMPTON PRESS PHOTO | A new report shows numbers of flights rising at East Hampton Airport.
The amount of air traffic at East Hampton Town Airport, as well as noise complaints and lawsuits, has significantly increased since January, a new study has found.
East Hampton Town released a report this week detailing the controversial airport’s operations:
• Total airport operations between the months of January and July increased 29 percent from 2014 to 2015. In comparison, operations increased 49 percent between 2013 and 2015. (more…)
KYRIL BROMLEY, THE EAST HAMPTON PRESS PHOTO | Legislation on flights into East Hampton has been upheld by a federal judge.
In an eagerly awaited decision by aviation interests and anti-aircraft noise activists, a federal judge ruled Friday that local laws curbing uses at East Hampton’s airport will stand. (more…)
KYRIL BROMLEY, THE EAST HAMPTON PRESS PHOTO | Aircraft at the East Hampton Airport.
The East Hampton Town Board did nothing, and action was taken.
What seems like a contradiction actually means that East Hampton has gained control over its airport and can address the issue of helicopter’s buzzing East End communities. This power was gained by not applying for grants from the Federal Aviation Administration in the new year. (more…)