Southampton Residents Get Chance to Air Chopper Noise Complaints

A meeting open to Southampton residents - and the community at large - is scheduled for Thursday night in Bridgehampton to take on the topic of helicopter and jet noise.

While the topic of helicopter noise at has largely been one dominated in , Southampton residents will have a chance to air their own grievances on Thursday during a meeting at the on the topic.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop and Southampton Town Board Member Christine Preston-Scalera will be in attendance at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. and is being promoted by the Quite Skies Coalition.

Update: Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said she will be in attendance as well.

The QSC, based out of Wainscott, is not organizing the event, but rather a group of Southampton citizens.

An email announcing the event asks: "Should Southampton residents have to take the brunt of this noise from an East Hampton Town airport?"

Bishop spokesman Oliver Longwell offered the following statement: “Congressman Bishop and Senator Schumer continue to seek solutions to the unacceptable levels of helicopter noise over eastern Long Island. We clearly have not seen enough improvement in the situation, and Tim looks forward to meeting with the community to listen to their concerns and frustrations, as well as address questions about recent developments in the effort to solve this problem."

Does helicopter noise affect you at all? If so, are you attending Thursday night's meeting? What do you think Southampton residents can do to curb helicopter noise?

the owl August 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I'm defintely going to attend this one. After learning in depth about this fracas via a very long Patch commentary recently, I see this noise/airport as one of the major problems in our area. It certainly appears with the amount of press devoted to the airport over the past few days, this is an issue that could make or break a politican on the East End. I watched the EH Town Board work session of 21 August and think it should be required viewing for those interested in the governance of their community. It appears the air traffic controllers find one of the major three routes unsafe, they don't like it.....that scares rational people. It appears that one Councilman made a decision to change or direct the change of one of the other two routes so now more traffic goes over the "unsafe" route. That man has much responsibility on his shoulders and if anything should happen (a near miss was reported last week) he and the town could be in real danger. Former lawsuits would look like child's play in comparison to THE BIG ONE. Promises to be an interesting discussion this evening.
the owl August 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Watched that video the the EH town work session again, the following regarding selection for all helicopter traffic over one route is a quote from D. Stanzione: "....a group of professionals decided it could be used. It was not a political decision....." Was he born yesterday? He lacks credibility. He later said helicopter operators chose the route. if that is the case, the the Town is not controlling the airport, they have allowed business interests (charter operators) to control the airport and designate routes. A federal investigation is needed (the evidence for the need for that is on tape!!) , this is a dangerous situation with much at stake for residents.
Jimbo August 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM
The solution is simple - let them fly out over the ocean. Then turn North over Georgica pond inlet, over the pond and Industrial Park and land - take off same deal! The only ones affected by the noise then are the ones who ilve "South of the highway" and they are the ones who use the damn things!!!!
SuzyScuba August 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
South of the highway is best route. The aircraft can come over the shoreline and head straight in to the airport and depart same. Dominick said so during Tuesday's work session. Everyone should watch it. It was remarkable. No one in the town has read the contract with Robinson Aviation either. Three year contract and no one has read it? Who signed the agreement? The North Shore/ Schumer route has nothing to do with us Things are not making sense. People are being disingenuous. After incurring expensive attorney 's fees and a mlion dollar temporary tower , the town is still waffling and claiming they don't understand. Well the constituents DO understand Discussion of liability and the sale of the airport also came up. WRONG thought. Losing ownership could bring much worse scenario. Let those who taxi in and out of EH fly over their own homes...south of the highway.
SuzyScuba August 23, 2012 at 02:08 PM
A reminder to all, Important Helicopter Noise Meeting Tonight (Thursday, August 23 at 7PM) at the Bridgehampton Community Center on the Bridge-Sag Turnpike. Attending: Congressman Tim Bishop Southampton Town Board Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst Southampton Town Board Members Christine Scalera Bridgette Fleming
SadderBudweiser August 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Is this Stanzione guy serious? He tells the public that the new tower will help mitigate noise. A week after it's up at a cost of over 1 million the air traffic controller tell us they could care less about noise mitigation. Lie #1 Dom. So then he tells the controllers to route traffic over Southampton and avoid the Northwest woods. When the sh*t hits the fan he denies he alone implemented the flight path change. Lie # 2. This guy has no business overseeing something as important and potentially dangerous as an airport. He should be relieved of that duty. Then he should resign.
Susan G Winkler August 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Maybe helicopters should be banned from using the EH Airport. They could land at the West Hampton Airport or maybe the Montauk Airport.
the owl August 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Whatever is done, it won't be enough unless the noise is reduced. Noise can only be reduced if limits are put on flights in and out and the type of craft is restricted. helicopters seem to be the most frequent offenders. if the politicians don't do it, civil disturbances in the form of peaceful protests may be the only way. the protests should continue. Residents have a right to enjoy their homes and properties, especially if they live in Southampton, Shelter Island or the North Fork. East hampton has to solve its airport problem or put all flights over its own constitues. I think then you would see a positive change. if the voters are impacted GAME CHANGE.
Jerry Can August 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
So what happened at the meeting? Did patch cover it/
Jenice Delano September 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This afternoon, the last day of Labor Day Weekend, there are helicopters and airplanes flying over my house every few minutes. I have counted 30 of them. It is rediculous that they are all flying over Old Sag Harbor Road, and Brick Kiln Road, in Bridgehampton. They used to fly over the water and to the South, where all the helicopter owners live. I missed the meeting discussed above, and would love to know what happened to change things so radically in the last few months. It just is not fair!!!!
Patrice Dalton September 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
A meeting was scheduled (to have been held yesterday) by Anna Throne-Holst to discuss noise complaints. East Hampton Town Councilmen and other vital invitees did not attend an important meeting regarding airport traffic. The Governance Model around this airport needs redesign. East Hampton is the decision maker, neighboring towns are informed of their decisions. Neighboring towns bears the brunt of the negative effects, i.e. noise, pollution. We need to commission a cross town (regional) planning and governance model to correct this. It could be at the State or Federal level but the current model is not acceptable.


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