East Hampton Town Board To Hold Special Meeting On Airport Noise

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The East Hampton Town Board is planning a public meeting to address renewed concern about aircraft noise generated by the East Hampton Airport, according to a press release from Supervisor Larry Cantwell on Monday.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at LTV Studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott. The purpose is to allow affected residents to voice their concerns about the issue, which have intensified this summer, Town Board member Kathee Burke-Gonzalez said at an East Hampton Town Board work session on Tuesday morning.

The number of flights in and out of the East Hampton Airport are up more than 20 percent since last year, and helicopter operations are up 40 percent, according to a report Ms. Burke-Gonzalez prepared for the Town Board.

“To date, there is $300,000 more this year in landing fees versus last year, which supports the increase in traffic,” Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said, referring to numbers from the airport’s billing program.

​Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said there would not be enough seating at Town Hall to accommodate the number of people who would attend the meeting, and that the topic would take too much time to include at a regular Town Board meeting.

Noyac, Shelter Island and Sag Harbor Village generate the most noise complaints, according to a hotline for residents as well as an online form for submitting complaints. Complaints are coming from as far away as the Town of Riverhead, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said.

“We’re giving folks the opportunity to come and address the board,” she said of the August 27 meeting.

The meeting at LTV will seat 200 people, and Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said there is ample parking at the LTV Studios. The meeting will be aired live, and the town is in the process of working with Cablevision to have it streamed live in the five East End towns.

The issue of noise from the East Hampton Airport has been one plaguing the area for years. In July, the town hired Young Environmental Sciences Inc. to conduct an analysis of noise generated by the airport to get a clear understanding of the areas most affected and to what degree. However, because the airport receives funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport must remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and localized restrictions cannot be imposed.

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