I refer to the Suffolk CloseUp column, by Karl Grossman, printed in the February 23rd, 2017 edition.
The column highlighted the ongoing problem for many Long island residents living beneath the FAA-mandated North Shore Helicopter Route to East Hampton Airport. One of the most egregious facts about East Hampton airport’s noisy commuter air traffic is that it impacts far greater numbers of residents in western Suffolk and Nassau counties than it does in the Town of East Hampton. Far greater numbers.
The airport is situated on the western boundary of East Hampton Town, so those impacted by the traffic are largely residents of OTHER towns. From Jan to Aug 2016 (the only data available), the airport had 20,070 operations. (In 2015, there were over 25,000 operations reported.) Noise is not the only issue, perhaps more troubling long term is the toxic fuel emission particulate matter dispersed over our communities. There is no benefit from this private travel for residents outside of East Hampton, but our quality of life, health and well-being are being compromised more and more every year. This air travel is travel for the convenience of a few, at the detriment of many and of our environment; it is estimated that many commuter aircraft have far fewer passengers than they can accommodate and on one leg of a roundtrip to or from East Hampton many aircraft carry no passengers at all; commuter charter operators are endangering our health and polluting our air for profit. Its time our elected representatives took action to protect their constituents.
Town of Southampton