Residents Protest Airport Noise After Loud, Busy Summer

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Sheryl Gold and John Lindner holding signs outside town hall on Thursday evening. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.
Sheryl Gold and John Lindner holding signs outside town hall on Thursday evening. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

Prior to an East Hampton Town Board meeting on Thursday evening, members of the Quiet Skies Coalition, and other residents still troubled by airplane noise held a road-side protest in front of town hall.

“Bring back the ban,” read one sign, “Helo noise is NOT healthy for children and other living things,” read another. Many stuck around for the meeting, and spoke up about the noise during the public portion, for the most part complaining about yet another noisy summer, despite the town board’s efforts.

Wainscott resident Tom MacNiven said that the noise was “worse than ever,” and asked the town board to reconsider charging for parking at the airport, where currently it’s completely free. “That’s a privilege for the privileged,” he said.

“This is by far the worst summer of aircraft noise in my 30 years on Wireless Road,” said resident Sheryl Gold, adding that she believed the large turn out was due to the fact that many residents are dreading the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

“I hope you take this as encouragement, and not as criticism,” said a tearful Kathleen Cunningham.

Supervisor Cantwell said that later on in the fall, the town board would hold at least one significant public meeting after the full summer data became available.

“We can always do a better job of communicating information,” Supervisor Cantwell said. “This board knows our work is not done. We know that the level of relief we hope to achieve has not been realized, and we’re not done with it.”

“Our work is not done and we know that, and our work will continue.”

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