Government: Schneiderman To Introduce Budget, Helicopter Route Eyed, Affordable Housing Lottery

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Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Michael Heller photo

Schneiderman to Introduce Town Budget Thursday

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will present the Southampton Town Board and Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer with a tentative 2019 budget at a special meeting on Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m. at Southampton Town Hall.

North Shore Helicopter Route May be Reassessed

Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office announced this week that the Senate and the House of Representatives have come to an agreement for consideration of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The act will include Mr. Zeldin’s proposal to require that the Federal Aviation Administration reassess the North Shore Route into the East Hampton Airport to address the noise impact on affected communities, to improve altitude enforcement and to consider alternative routes, including an all water route over the Atlantic Ocean, according to a press release issued by Mr. Zeldin’s office.

According to Mr. Zeldin’s office, it is expected the legislation will pass both houses before September 30, after which the FAA will be required to hold a public eharing on the NSR in impacted communities and open a public comment period — both which Mr. Zeldin says the FAA has refused to do in years past.

“Summer after summer, North Fork residents’ quality of life has suffered due to the persistent issue of helicopter noise on the East End,” said Zeldin in a statement. “The FAA and Department of Transportation have sole jurisdiction over the aircraft routes that have impacted these communities, but from the route’s planning to its continued use, they have continued to flat out ignore the residents directly affected. Congress must hold their feet to the fire and finally pass this legislation that requires the FAA to assess an all water route and alternatives to mitigate the impact on residents. I implore my colleagues to pass my proposal and ensure that those who call the North Fork home are finally being heard.”

Southampton Town Announces Affordable Housing Lottery

The Town of Southampton has announced a new housing lottery for 15 affordable homes at Southampton Pointe, located on Village Green Drive off County Road 39. The condominium townhouses feature two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths.

Eligible households must meet medium income under the 2018-19 income levels established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The sale price for the homes for people earning 80% of the median income is $233,375 and for those earning 120% the price is $350,125. The homes are being offered through the cooperative efforts of Fairfield Southampton LLC, the Town of Southampton and the Long Island Housing Partnership.

Applicants must submit a new lottery intake application to the Long Island Housing Partnership in order to be entered into the lottery. The lottery will establish the ranking number to submit a formal application to LIHP for eligibility to purchase the home.

In order to qualify, applicants must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee and meet a deadline filing of October 12 at 5 p.m. For more information and an application, visit lihp.org. The public lottery will be held at Southampton Town Hall on October 25, at 3 p.m. Applicants do not have to be at the lottery to be placed on the ranking list.

For more information, call the Long Island Housing Partnership at (631) 435-4710.

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