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Mar 16, 2010 5:00 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Bid to put East Hampton airport plan in place as summer nears

Mar 16, 2010 5:00 PM

“That’s not what I said. The board runs the process. The next logical step will be to hire him,” said Mr. Hammerle, who repeatedly told new members of the board that he wanted to hear Mr. Young’s answers to the questions asked at the hearing.

Former Town Supervisor Judith Hope, who was in the audience, urged the current Town Board to move ahead with the process.

“It’s a very emotional issue. We’ve been at this thing a long time,” agreed Supervisor Bill Wilkinson. “I want a conclusion to this thing. We’ve got enough issues on our plate. I don’t have the engineering competency you guys have.”

The board will likely accept Mr. Young’s proposal at its next regular meeting on Thursday night.

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When the Town undertook the creation of a "Master Plan", they said it would be complete in six months. That was in the year 1994! An entire class of airplanes have 'aged out' of the system in the time it has taken on this study, which STILL isn't complete. Let's hope, this time, they truly finish what was started and get the job done. We can't wait another summer for a Control Tower to get the helicopter noise under control!
By PQ (9), Riverhead on Mar 17, 10 9:18 AM
Though I am pleased to see some progress finally being made on the Airport Plan it is apparant that disingenuous politics are still delaying a beneficial outcome and costing the Town of East Hampton millions of dollars that were easily obtainable from the FAA with virtually no strings attached had the Airport Layout Plan been produced and the funds applied for. In addition to the routine airport improvement funds the feds had allocated, under TARP there was $3 Billion gi ven to shovel ready ...more
By Solusipse (8), Sagaponack on Mar 17, 10 10:51 AM
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I for one would like to have an investigation why and who in the Town decided not receive the $200,000 that was owed after the plaintive party lost their suit. Not only is it a money issue but also an issue of accountability. We spend millions of dollars defending against frivolous lawsuits and collecting from the losers should dissuade others unless they feel they have a really strong case. The individuals who work for the town should be looking out for all citizens and not just their buddies. ...more
By Gene (4), East Hampton on Mar 17, 10 8:42 PM
Hey Gene... so can you be more specific. Do you think the lawsuit filed by the vocal opponents of the airport and lost by them, should have resulted in the town pursuing legal fees? I would agree with that. But we have a whole new group in the majority in town hall who wasn't around during those suits. Do you really think they can still pursue legal fees, because it sure looks like the town can use money.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 21, 10 11:51 AM
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