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Quiet Skies Coalition Keeps Airport Debate Alive

I've had many helicopters fly over my house at altitudes comparable to those in the video. They're obnoxious but no way do they make as much noise as the LTV speakers produced last Wednesday night.
It's just another example of the hyperbole and mis-statements that accompany almost every Quiet Skies communication. The principals are doing a disservice to those who are genuinely disturbed by airport noise and want real solutions not pie-in-the-sky.. " Nov 2, 11 5:58 PM

East Hampton Town's Aviation Attorney Weighs In On Recent FAA Answers

ah the disinformation here.
Helicopter flights have declined by over 25% since 2007. So by any measure, overall noise has been reduced. The same is true of jet traffic.
Runway 4-22 is scheduled to be re-opened. it is NOT a new runway.
If we wait for the grant assurances to expire on 12/31/14 that is THREE summers (count 'em 2012, 2013, 2014) before anything would change.
Does anyone seriously think that pilots say, "Ah, East Hampton has new a control tower, I think I'll fly in." ?
This kind of silly stuff that the Quiet Skies Coalition is spinning in an effort to justify their anti-FAA stance is ridiculous.
If you want real noise abatement support the people who are being advised by one of the best aviaiton attorneys in the country, not the local yokels who think they know it all.. " Apr 19, 12 3:09 PM

East Hampton Town Consultants Start Wastewater Management Plan Process

just finished reading your article resulting from an effort initiated by Councilman Stanzione and recommended by the East Hampton Budget & Financial Advisory Committee (BFAC(, on which I have served for the last 2 ½ years. Unfortunately, I was misquoted, or my remarks conflated, at the end of the article. So let me clarify.
I did say, “I think you’re scaring people by citing costs for individual homes,” in response to Mr. Lombardo’s estimate that some septic systems could cost $30,000 to $40,000 but less than $75,000 per home. I went on to state that surface water and groundwater protection is a “whole town problem” and that if the costs of a few homeowners were spread over the entire taxpayer base and financed, for example, with 20 year bonds, annual the cost per homeowner would fall to a few hundred dollars per year. I mentioned further, that if debt issued by the Town replaced existing debt which is being paid down each year, the tax impact could be zero.
What I did not say, or mean to imply, was that “The town as a whole is going to bear the costs.” Only our elected officials can decide what portion of the costs, if any, will be borne by the Town. The BFAC did consider a variety of ways, such as tax credits, in which the cost to homeowners can be minimized but made no specific recommendations nor did it contemplate septic system costs of the order of magnitude cited by the consultant.
Peter Wadsworth" Aug 28, 13 8:16 AM

Overton, Burke-Gonzalez Clinch East Hampton Town Board Seats; Stanzione Ousted

Inexperience and lack of imagination triumphed on Tuesday. What does that say about EH voters? Larry's gonna have his hands full with this board. Time for a town manager. " Nov 7, 13 9:37 AM

Tensions Soar at East Hampton Airport Noise Meeting on Wednesday

Helicopters ARE the problem. And despite the accusations and counter-accusations among the comments above, the East Hampton Aviation Association and anti-noise advocates are working together to try to find a solution. Do they agree on everything? No. But they are working cooperatively, and no-one is accusing the other side of trying to close the airport or open it up to a greater onslaught of air traffic. Jim Brundige has made the best if a difficult situation that he couldn't control with very little help from past administrations, and the control tower was recommended by the noise committee. So let's stop villainizing each other. No-one is trying to close the airport, and they would fail if they tried. Let's give the process set in place by the current administration a chance to work. There are no radicals on the town board. " Aug 29, 14 9:12 AM

Sec. 91.119 — Minimum safe altitudes: General.

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

(b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.

(c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

(d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface—

(1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and" Aug 29, 14 11:35 AM

Second Phase Of East Hampton Airport Noise Analysis Aired, Time Restrictions Recommended

The Town Board will likely adopt the most aggressive helicopter restrictions it thinks the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will allow." Dec 3, 14 10:18 AM

East Hampton Is First To Introduce Septic Replacement Requirements

Patently untrue The primary source is wastewater. Read the reports. " May 27, 17 12:30 PM

"In Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island, the tax is 2% on the amount over $100,000 on the purchase price of unimproved land, and 2% on the amount over $250,000 on the purchase price of improved land." "The second is a tax on the purchase of real property improved by a one, two, or three-family dwelling including condominiums and cooperatives, if the purchase price is $1 million or more." So the tax rate is higher for more expensive homes. In addition, although I have not read the law it is highly unlikely that a $20 million property will qualify for septic subsidies." May 27, 17 12:39 PM

East Hampton Village Is One Step Closer To Mandating Advanced Septic Systems

Agreed that the threshold for installing technologically advanced septic systems should be a any significant renovation measured by the lesser of: square footage, e.g 500, any increase in occupancy, a dollar threshold, e,g, $50k. " Jan 24, 19 10:38 AM