FAA, North Fork officials meet over chopper noise complaints

Angry North Fork officials met with the FAA Monday about a decision to allow noisy helicopters to fly overhead for another four years.

Last month, the FAA agreed to let pilots continue using a route over the LI Sound and around Orient Point for four more years despite noise complaints.

Last month, the FAA agreed to let pilots continue using a route over the LI Sound and around Orient Point for four more years despite noise complaints. (8/22/16)

RIVERHEAD - Angry North Fork officials met with the FAA Monday about a decision to allow noisy helicopters to fly overhead for another four years.

Recently, the FAA extended a rule that requires helicopters take a route over the North Fork to get to airports in the Hamptons. Some North Fork residents argue that since the airports are on the South Shore, the helicopters should take a southern route over the ocean and not over their homes.

Rep. Lee Zeldin and other political leaders say the FAA extended the northern route without any public comment.

Zeldin says a South Shore route was never considered by the FAA and that he was told "political pressure" came from New York's senior Sen. Charles Schumer to keep the northern route.

“Sen. Schumer was given at least 30 days’ notice of this decision, and we all found out about it after the decision was made and moments before it was made public,” said Zeldin.

Some town leaders, including Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, say they are so upset with the latest information that they are taking the unusual step of calling on the public to peacefully protest outside the FAA and Schumer’s office.

“We found out today that Sen. Schumer negotiated what I will call a secret deal with the FAA to put this flawed North Shore route into effect without the public’s input,” said Walter.

News 12 emailed the FAA for a comment on this story, but has not heard back.

 

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Riverhead Police arrested 4 men for criminal trespassing 1 Police: 4 in Splish Splash BMX video arrested
In 1942, the Georgian Revival house became a 2 LI Hidden Past: Orphan Tree at Brookwood Hall
News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen took a look at 3 Holiday Help: The Nutcracker
One or more burglars have struck eight homes 4 Suffolk police: W. Islip burglaries a pattern
Gary Leifer, 59, told News 12 Long Island 5 Cancer patient claims officer assaulted him at NUMC

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Many residents are angry about the surge in Helicopter noise hearing held on North Fork

A public meeting was held Monday night in Peconic to address complaints about helicopter noise

Residents on both forks say the loud noise Helicopter noise discussed at Southold meeting

East End residents and local elected officials gathered at Southold Town Hall Sunday for a

As News 12 has reported, the East Hampton Southold hosts helicopter noise public meeting

A public meeting will be held in the Town of Southold Thursday evening to discuss

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE