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Rep. Lee Zeldin Hosts Press Conference on East End Helicopter Noise Issue

March 8, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – On Sunday, March 8, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C - NY-1), Vice Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, joined with local elected officials and community groups at Southold Town Hall to stress the importance of finding an immediate solution to the helicopter noise issue on the East End of Long Island.

Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “The persistent issue of helicopter noise on the East End, summer after summer, has become an increasing impediment on the quality of life of many of my constituents. That’s why I am calling on the FAA to find an immediate solution for this problem, especially since it continues to get worse. Today, I joined with local elected officials from across the East End to unite together to pursue common sense solutions to reduce helicopter noise. My constituents cannot afford to have another season ruined by disruptive noise. This is an important quality of life concern that must be resolved.”

On Monday, March 2, 2015, Congressman Zeldin sent a letter to the FAA, suggesting some possible solutions to help reduce helicopter noise on the East End of Long Island. A copy of the letter can be found here.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. noted, “Helicopter noise continues to be a substantial problem on the East End. It has, and will continue to negatively affect the quality of life for year-round residents and adversely impact our regional economy dependent on tourism and the second home industry. East End elected officials, representing all levels of government, must renew efforts to work together to facilitate an end point which is favorable to all of our constituents and the Town of East Hampton. This is a case where we must protect the home rule powers of East Hampton Town.”

Legislator Al Krupski said, “Local control can’t cover all the issues as it relates to regulating helicopter traffic, so it is good to have strong representation on the federal level from Congressman Zeldin.”

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said, “The Town Board of East Hampton appreciates Congressman Zeldin’s support for local control of the East Hampton Airport, the epicenter of the aircraft noise issue, in the ongoing effort to mitigate this noise, which affects so many residents across the East End.”

Shelter Island Town Supervisor James Dougherty said, “I am delighted and grateful for Congressman Zeldin’s support on this terrible issue for Shelter Island. Those who enjoy the benefits of the helicopter flights should endure the noise and pollution. It’s as simple as that.”

Congressman Zeldin was joined at the press conference by Assemblyman Fred Thiele; Legislator Al Krupski; Southold Supervisor Scott Russell; Deputy Southold Supervisor Bill Ruland, Shelter Island Town Supervisor James Dougherty; East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell; Southold Councilmembers: Bob Ghosio and Jill Dougherty; Riverhead Councilmembers Jodi Giglio, George Gabrielsen, John Dunleavy and James Wooten; East Hampton Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez; Southold Town Trustee Dave Bergen; Southold Helicopter Committee; Gabreski Airport Noise Mitigation Work Group; The Noyac Civic Council; The Orient Association; and The Quiet Skies Coalition.