FAA decision on East End choppers upsets residents

An FAA decision to extend the mandatory North Shore Route for helicopters for four more years has upset residents who say chopper noise has been

Lawmakers and town leaders on the East End say the FAA decision violates federal law requiring public input and public comment.

Lawmakers and town leaders on the East End say the FAA decision violates federal law requiring public input and public comment. (7/26/16)

SOUTHOLD - An FAA decision to extend the mandatory North Shore route for helicopters for four years has upset residents who say chopper noise has been a problem for years on the East End.

Lawmakers and town leaders on the East End say the FAA decision violates federal law requiring public input and public comment.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R – Shirley) called the decision "an unacceptable example of incompetence and arrogance on the part of faceless, unelected and unaccountable federal bureaucrats."

Residents say the route allows pilots to take shortcuts over land if the weather is poor.

Southold Town leaders say they would like to see the route extended a few miles beyond Plum Island or scrap the North Shore route altogether.

Anna Throne-Holst, who is running against Rep. Zeldin in November, calls the Republican "completely ineffective" when dealing with the FAA on this issue.

The attorney for the Southold Helicopter Noise Steering Committee says it will be exploring legal options to contest the decision.

The FAA has not yet returned News 12's call to comment on the issue.

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