East Hampton Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc has proposed a series of steps to effectively deal with the ever-increasing volume of aircraft traffic and the disruption caused by aircraft noise without displacing traffic to Montauk Airport.
“Now that FAA grant assurances have expired, we can finally take decisive action to reign in out-of-control airport operations. I propose that we immediately impose curfews and take other similar steps that we know will not cause air traffic from East Hampton Airport to be diverted to the Montauk Airport. Additional restrictions that will target specific aircraft operations that cause the most pain and disruption to our residents will follow.”
“In an effort to alleviate diversion concerns, I have engaged the ownership of the Montauk Airport and I am optimistic these discussions will ultimately be productive. I anticipate that by the end of January, depending on what the final results of our studies show, we will largely reduce or eliminate commercial helicopter and jet traffic, preventing the need to close the East Hampton airport completely. I am committed to taking meaningful action to protect and improve our residents’ quality of life” said Supervisor Van Scoyoc.
The Supervisor has scheduled the Town’s outside consultants, Dodson and Flinker to publicly report findings from the Town’s four public engagement workshops held last month at the October 12th Town Board work session. He has also requested Airport counsel to present a list of meaningful restrictions and actions at the October 19th Town Board work session.
Peter Van Scoyoc