What is going on with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)?
There was an era decades ago when Tony Taormina was a champion of the environment at DEC. “Tony seemed to know everything about Long Island’s environment and politics,” as Professor Charles Wurster wrote in his book, “DDT Wars.” Tony was instrumental in the enaction of state laws protecting freshwater and tidal wetlands. He was an invaluable resource for me and other journalists. His titles included director of the Marine and Coastal Division of DEC. There were some others at DEC who also were environmental guardians.
That was then. This is now. (more…)
“Yet another summer of unrelenting, health-threatening aircraft noise?”
That was the heading of a statement from the Quiet Skies Coalition as Long Island’s biggest contributor to noise pollution ratcheted up again — helicopter traffic in and out of East Hampton’s airport. (more…)
PETER REICH PHOTO | Kathleen Cunningham of the Quiet Skies Coalition, standing at right, addressing a packed Town Hall meeting room yesterday.
Residents from three East End communities voted with their feet on Monday and Tuesday when more than 500 people attended three public meetings to stop low flying aircraft from buzzing their homes. (more…)
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Strategies are forming to end excessive aircraft noise. One South Fork advocate is calling for a political solution.
There are different opinions about summer helicopter traffic over the Island and other East End communities, but almost everyone is in agreement on one point — they’re all hopping mad.
Everyone, that is, except those who charter the helicopters to take them from New York City and Westchester County to the East Hampton Airport at the beginning of summer weekends and buzz them home on Sunday evenings, nights and Monday mornings. (more…)