11/11/17 11:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

Good for democracy.

That’s the significance of the legislation authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) signed into law last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo providing that if any future East Hampton Town Board wants a Federal Aviation Administration grant running 10 years or more, it would have to be approved by the voters. (more…)

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10/25/17 8:52am
COURTESY PHOTO New York State has given East Hampton a voice in future FAA grants on its airport use.

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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…)

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11/07/16 12:15pm
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The East Hampton Town Board’s effort to restrict helicopters and other so-called “noisy” aircraft into and out of its airport was dealt a serious blow by a federal appeals court on Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) in Manhattan, voted 3-0 on Friday to reverse the lower court’s decision, and said the town had no right to impose the restrictions. (more…)

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07/01/15 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A federal judge has ruled on East Hampton's local laws passed in April to reduce noise from aircrafts.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A federal judge has ruled on East Hampton’s local laws passed in April to reduce noise from aircrafts.

In an eagerly awaited decision by aviation interests and anti-aircraft noise activists, a federal judge ruled June 26 that two local laws curbing uses at East Hampton’s airport will stand. Update: Turbulence over judge’s chopper ruling

Federal District Court Judge Joanna Seybert decided in Central Islip that the Town of East Hampton had proved its case that there was a problem of noise, mainly from helicopters, and the town had the right to regulate the use of its airport. (more…)