Federal Court Delays Airport Decision Again

Takeoff and landing activity at the East Hampton Town Airport on May 22nd, 2015
Helicopters landing at East Hampton Airport over Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Michael Heller.

The federal court last Wednesday, June 3, issued an order extending the deadline to rule on a temporary restraining order that would block the enforcement of three airport restrictions adopted by East Hampton Town in April, according to a release issued by town.

A group of aviators who oppose the laws filed for a temporary restraining order shortly after the town board adopted three airport restrictions. On May 18, Judge Joanna Seybert requested three weeks to review the case, but last Wednesday, she extended that deadline to Friday, June 26, “citing the complexity of the issues involved,” the release states.

On Tuesday, June 9, Congressman Lee Zeldin successfully added an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations Bill to prohibit the FAA from instituting civil action against the town of East Hampton.

“Congressman Zeldin supports local control,” Supervisor Cantwell said in a release, “and I want to thank him by sending a clear message to the FAA: Stand down.” Supervisor Cantwell called on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to follow suit and support the amendment in the U.S. Senate.