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Letter: Control Tower for Noise Abatement was 'Simply Folly'

Quiet Skies Coalition rep says talk that tower would help ease noise was all "lip service."

To the Editor:

Residents in the airport noise affected community who believed airport management and Town Board rhetoric that the would proactively address noise abatement protocols must abandon that hope.   

At the information session held by the air traffic controllers, Councilman Stanzione, Jim Brundige and EH Aviation Association leadership this past Saturday to familiarize pilots with required tower protocols, it was clearly and unequivocally stated that the control tower would not address noise issues. All the bluster about how the control tower would mitigate noise at the airport was distinctly and completely put to rest.

Some representatives from the Quiet Skies Coalition went to listen and learn. And we got quite a lesson.  Interestingly, the only noise abatement questions fielded from the audience came from some local pilots genuinely inquiring how the tower procedures would dovetail with noise abatement procedures.  The answer, over and over, was clear - this “is not about noise”.

QSC never had much faith that the control tower would provide measurable noise abatement, but would spread the nuisance to more neighborhoods, rather than reducing noise by limiting flights.  Another theory held that controllers would influence altitudes, another demonstrated noise mitigation tool - the higher the craft, the less noise on the ground. This notion was also dispelled at Saturday’s meeting. The controllers said they will not dictate altitudes.

This meeting clearly demonstrated the disingenuous treatment of the noise affected by the Town Board and most particularly, Councilman Stanzione, whose lip service to the noise affected and many statements declaring the control tower as the best hope, have now been completely refuted.  

As a safety improvement, the tower adds value. As a noise abatement tool, it is simply folly. 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Cunningham

Quiet Skies Coalition

SuzyScuba July 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It is a terrible legacy Dominick Stanzione leaves behind him as an elected official. He has deceived our community, the board members, and should no longer serve as the liaison between the Town Board of East Hampton and the constituents. He has demonstrated his lack of ethics and sincerity to those he serves. Three years ago I told Dominick of the unrelenting noise our home was experiencing from helicopters, seaplanes, jets, and other winged aircraft and he laughed at me and said he did not believe me. That is improper conduct and now, with this latest deception, he should remove himself from all matters pertaining to the airport.
SagHarborBob July 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Let me get this straight.. this guy spent a MILLION DOLLARS for a seasonal control tower that can not tell ANY aircraft what altitude to fly at, and does NOTHING to abate the horrible helicopter, jet and seaplane noise? WHAT AN EXPENSIVE FOLLY this is! Next thing he'll probably ask that this airport be renamed to honor him - the "Stanzione Regional Airport". The Hamptons were once known as "One of the Greatest Places On Earth"; that's why I moved here 30 years ago. That title is gone now - because the uncontrolled and open 24/7 airport affects many thousands of us - on both forks - with horrible noise and toxic pollution from fuels.
Pat Mansir July 05, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Let's not jump to blame the only guy who was able to, at least, 'attempt' this as a solution. Now, if this does not work, we still have a man who will keep trying to do the will of the people. This tower was touted as the savior of noise for at least three administrations. I can tell by the Lear Jets that fly over the Village with their landing gear already down, that we have not yet solved the prob. This tower was supposed to be a trial basis and if it doesn't help, they will take it away `` no expense. Need more info on that. People need to get together with the Tower people and Stanzione and get to the bottom of this. If there is a better avenue at lease Stanzione can represent the people and try another aproach. At least he is trying and he appears to be able to succeed. Lets help.
Surfprotector July 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
This fellow is a fox in wolf's clothing. He is so transparent in every clever political gesture that he makes..he has the gift of political craftiness honed to its sharpest point. So many people hated the way Stanzione handled the Napeague incident;now he puts a similar disingenuous touch into the handling of the airport debacle. Well looks like we have a future candidate for town supervisor with the perfect credentials...clueless political fluff...no substance, whatsoever.
Kathi S Goldman July 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You mean that Stanzione should be exonerated for spending one million dollars of tax payer money (could have funded the phoney 'deer fence') without knowing what the control tower could accomplish? Once again, 'safety' has been pushed as a way to permit larger planes at more unfavorable weather conditions. "If you build it, they will come". How naive are you? Kathi Goldman, Northwest helicopter path.
SadderBudweiser July 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
While Stanzione is culpable here he is clearly not the only one who can be labeled a liar. The East Hampton Pilots association ran thousands upon thousands of dollars of full page ads touting this tower as a solution to airport noise. Now the truth is out and it hurts the entire Town of East Hampton. For shame.
SuzyScuba July 06, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Who stands to profit from airport expansion? Who owns hangars? Who owns a charter airline company? Who owns a fuel company? Who is a big supporter of the GOP? Hmmmmm.
SuzyScuba July 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
What about your annual taxes? With diminished values on homes directly impacted by aircraft noise pollution, shouldn't our taxes be lowered? With the loss of revenue because of lowered taxes, how will the town make up the difference? If our home is no longer as valuable because of the aircraft noise, I believe our taxes should be reflective of this.
SuzyScuba July 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Who really is the East Hampton Pilots Association? Look at the members...Tom Twomey, John Shea...where is the office of the EHPA? Let's connect the dots.
SuzyScuba July 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
There is no excuse for lies...and Dominick has lied all along. We all know the tower was never going to help with noise abatement and that the agenda is really to move the expansion of the airport along...a temporary tower is the first step. FAA funding the next. Stanzione is duplicitous and disingenuous. We have proof the tower was never meant for noise abatement...Saturday's premiere meeting at the airport for tower personnel and pilots exposed the truth: the tower is NOT about noise abatement and never was. Watch the town board meeting from yesterday evening.
Springs Advocate July 07, 2012 at 02:37 AM
It's an AIRPORT! There is NO WAY there will ever be REDUCED NOISE at the Airport. Anyone who allows themselves to be sold on the idea, I have a bridge for sale gently used and priced to move.
Cannot Believe This July 07, 2012 at 04:13 AM
So you're saying that big GOP supporters are airport advocates AND Tom Twomey (former Democrat congressional candidate and husband of Judy Hope - former Democrat Town Supervisor and Democrat State Party Leader) and John Shea (husband of former Democrat Town Attorney) are also big money airport supporters. So I guess what you are saying - bottom line - is that big money irrespective of political party is driving the airport and that this money will also be backing Stanzione in the next election and he is beholden to that big money? So it's not a political thing but more of a money thing, and more specifically money that will be backing Stanzione for what he can, and is, doing for the airport now? By the way, what magazine was Stanzione thumbing through when you were speaking at the podium last night because he wasn't listening to you.
truth 2011 July 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I think the worm may have turned. Ms. Cunningham was on Theresa Quigley's LTV show last week and Supervisor Wilkinson pointedly questioned Stanzione about the extra $200,000 the tower is costing - and that was before the revelation that the tower is not there to reduce noise. Were Quigley and Wilkinson mislead? If so FAA funding may be dead, the tower may be history and the hundreds of thousands being paid to fancy airport consultants may be bye-bye - especially since Stanzione is holding back support for Wilk's and Quig's audit committee, selling the cash pit scavenger plant, beefing up the natural resources department, and supporting the possibility of outsourcing just some town computer support. Those are all good government actions, while the airport tower as a reducer of noise may have been just a big canard. Just makes a loyal Republican want to cry.
Gerard Boleis July 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I am a member..Go ahead..connect the dots.
Gerard Boleis July 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
A canard ? What do the ducks have to do with all this ?

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