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Petitioning Senator Charles Schumer

Stop noisy aircraft commuting from Manhattan to East Hampton

Over the last 20 years noisy aircraft (mainly helicopters and seaplanes) commuting from Manhattan to East Hampton (KHTO) have become more and more numerous, and now even fly on the "quietest" days, wednesday and saturday. They affect a wide swath of Long Island, though the details shift around as new groups of sufferers start complaining. The problem is particularly severe along the northern routes into KHTO - the direct route over the ocean and then over Georgica Pond and largely industrial land would only affect a small number of very wealthy persons (houses on that pond cost up to $140,000,000 for 6 bedrooms).

The East Hampton Town Board has passed legislation that would greatly reduce (though not nearly eliminate) the noise but this legislation has not taken effect because a Federal Court Judge has, in response to a lawsuit by the helicopter industry, stayed the principle component of that legislation, though she has recognized the legality of the Town regulating its own airport.

There is now a consensus between all local, state and federal politicians that only Senator Schumer can effectively exert pressure on the FAA, via Congress or directly, to effectively regulate the noisy aircraft that have become the principle source of complaints from, and suffering by, tens of thousands of Long Islanders.

I particularly care about this issue because I own the world's leading hummingbird sanctuary (according to Google), on the North Shore of Long Island. I and my guests spend a lot of time outdoors watching ((but no longer hearing), these magical flying gems of nature, because of the incessant drone of aircraft in what was until recently the quietest location on Long Island.  However, tens or hundreds of thousands of other Long Islanders suffer equally or more, and can no longer enjoy the peace they sought and once found. All these people carefully chose to be far away from commercial airports, which is what KHTO has become. The only solution is to eliminate commercial traffic into KHTO. 

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