Residents oppose FAA helicopter routes

Residents on the East End say they won't support the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed helicopter route over the Long Island Sound.

According to residents, commuter choppers constantly fly overhead during the summer months when people are flying between New York City and the Hamptons. Leg. Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) says the noise from helicopters is the top quality of life complaint among his constituents.

The new FAA-proposed route would take thousands of helicopters directly over heavily populated areas such as eastern Brookhaven and Riverhead.

Robert Grotell, of the Eastern Helicopter Council, says the FAA should diversify the routes and put some over the north, south and middle of the Island.

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