City of New York Supports Supreme Court Petition Over East Hampton Airport

A small private plane taxis on the runway as a helicopter takes off overhead at the East Hampton Airport.

A pair of jets on the tarmac at East Hampton Airport. Stephen J. Kotz photo

By Kathryn G. Menu

The City of New York was expected to file an amicus brief in support of East Hampton Town’s petition to the United States Supreme Court aimed at regaining local control over the East Hampton Airport, after an appellate court last year stripped the town of its ability to impose restrictions that did not comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, even if it had not accepted federal grants.

According to Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the town anticipated the brief would be filed with the court by the close of business on Wednesday, which is the deadline to file any amicus briefs for this case. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said the Committee to Stop Airport Expansion was also expected to file an amicus brief in support of the town’s petition. She noted the town had yet to see the briefs, which she said would be sent to the town board after the filing Wednesday.

“I think this carries some weight with the justices because if the City of New York is going to file a brief it illustrates this is an issue about local control,” said Ms. Burke-Gonzalez. “Whether it’s the country’s largest city or the Town of East Hampton, local government officials know what is best for their residents more than the folks in Washington D.C.”