Lee Zeldin Weighs in on Helicopter Debate

Lee Zeldin at Sunday's press conference | Courtesy photo
Lee Zeldin at Sunday’s press conference | Courtesy photo

U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, who serves as the vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, held a press conference at Southold Town Hall Sunday to stress the importance of finding an immediate solution to the helicopter noise issue on the East End of Long Island.

“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,” said Mr. Zeldin. “That’s why I am calling on the FAA to find an immediate solution for this problem, especially since it continues to get worse.”

Last week, Mr. Zeldin sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta suggesting some possible solutions to help reduce helicopter noise on the East End of Long Island.

Mr. Zeldin asked that the FAA impelent rotating points of entry for helicopters approaching East Hampton Airport airspace and to enforce a mandatory height of 2,500 feet while transitioning over the North Fork and Shelter Island.

He also asked that the FAA honor a commitment it made to former Congressman Tim Bishop to allow the East Hampton Airport to adopt use restrictions without FAA approval.

A copy of the letter can be found online here.

East Hampton’s big public hearing on airport noise is this Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

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