Scalera Sponsors Bills Relating to the East Hampton Airport

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

To further address noise abatement for Southampton Town residents caused by the East Hampton airport, Councilwoman Christine Scalera introduced two resolutions, that were approved by the Town Board, seeking to move legislation authored by Assemblyman Thiele and Senator LaValle, that would affect how the East Hampton airport is funded and the duration of that funding; both bills having been stalled in Committee since last year.

“It is my hope that continued pressure from affected municipalities such as ours, will help move these bills out of committee so that they are put to a vote and reach the Governor’s desk,” said Scalera, “the passage of these bills will further aid the relief of excessive noise from the East Hampton airport for our residents by giving East Hampton Town bolstered support for local jurisdiction.”

These bills would make the acceptance of state or federal assistance for the airport or aviation projects at a town airport subject to permissive referendum and relate to the issuance of bonds to finance airport improvements at the East Hampton airport in order to extend the bonding period for airport improvements.

“While there is pending litigation at the East Hampton Town level, with the support of the Southampton Airport Noise Advisory Committee, Southampton Town Residents and the Quiet Skies Coalition who wrote in support of these resolutions, I am committed to keep our feet to the fire at all levels of government until we see some measured relief for our residents here in Southampton Town,” said Scalera.