05/19/15 9:24am
05/19/2015 9:24 AM
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

The Town of East Hampton has agreed to hold off implementing its historic airport restrictions to allow a federal judge to rule on a lawsuit challenging the new regulations.

U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert in Islip said Monday she’ll decide within three weeks whether the town can control access to its airport. (more…)

05/03/15 8:00am
05/03/2015 8:00 AM

They make the sound that still tears at my soul. They bring me the promise of peace and they Pavlovianly ready me for violence. It’s the same sound — the sound of a chopper.

In my generation, it was the distinctive clop-clop-clop of a Bell UH-1 Iroquois — the famed Huey. But there are other helicopters that bring the same feelings to generations of warriors.  (more…)

04/22/15 12:00pm
04/22/2015 12:00 PM

Less than 24 hours after the East Hampton Town Board approved a handful of long-awaited restrictions on flights into and out of its airport on April 16, opponents vowed to take legal action against the town.

On Tuesday, they made good on that promise.  (more…)

04/17/15 10:40am
04/17/2015 10:40 AM
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor  Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

The East Hampton Town Board voted Thursday night to place restrictions on flights into and out of its airport. (more…)

04/14/15 12:00pm
04/14/2015 12:00 PM
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

Half a loaf is better than none. In the case of four proposed East Hampton Airport restrictions, it’s three quarters of a loaf for anti-noise activists, but even that is disappointing. (more…)

03/17/15 6:00am
03/17/2015 6:00 AM
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is a House Foreign Affairs Committee member. (Courtesy file photo)

Congressman Lee Zeldin is a House Foreign Affairs Committee member. (Courtesy file photo)

Freshman Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has had a good few weeks.

We’ll hold our fire — for now — about his joining forces with reactionary U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, spouting conspiracy theories about American foreign policy.

But we commend him for supporting local educators fighting the Common Core system by introducing legislation and also for standing with opponents of ear-splitting helicopter traffic over the East End.

Mr. Zeldin has weighed in on Common Core by writing an amendment to an education bill that ensures school districts won’t be penalized by a denial of federal funds if they opt out of using the “teach the test”-heavy form of education overhaul.

While you’d be hard-pressed to find many people who are against challenging our students to rely less on memorization when it comes to math -— or think more critically when it comes to English — the sweeping, comprehensive rollout of the Common Core standards itself has been a disaster.

Mr. Zeldin is correct in seeking to allow districts to bail on Common Core as it stands. (more…)

03/13/15 11:31am
03/13/2015 11:31 AM
More than 350 people packed the LTV Studios in Wainscott Thursday evening. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

More than 350 people packed the LTV Studios in Wainscott Thursday evening. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

A public hearing Thursday evening debating the question of restricting aircraft flights over the East End took almost four hours with 70 speakers trooping to the podium.

More than 350 people attended the East Hampton Town Board meeting in a TV studio in Wainscott to air out the pros and cons of proposed local legislation, which, if enacted, would dramatically curb flights into and out of East Hampton Airport. (more…)

03/05/15 8:40am
03/05/2015 8:40 AM
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

The East Hampton Town Board announced this morning that the scheduled public hearing for this afternoon on proposed airport restrictions has been postponed due to the weather until Thursday, March 12.

The board’s announcement stated: “The East Hampton Town Board public hearing on proposed airport restrictions has been postponed because of the significant snowstorm that hit the region overnight, making for treacherous travel. The meeting—originally set to start at 4:30 tonight at LTV Studios at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott—will now take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the same location.

The Town Board has scheduled this hearing in order to listen to and consider comments from the public regarding four proposed local laws designed to restrict operations at East Hampton Airport in an effort to mitigate aircraft noise following decades of noise complaints from residents.”