East Hampton Airport in Wainscott on Friday afternoon.The Quiet Skies Coalition is planning a demonstration at the
“This is an election year on the local level,” Kathleen Cunningham, the chairwoman of the coalition said. “It’s important for those running for elected office to fully understand how disruptive aircraft noise, particularly that of helicopters, jets and seaplanes, is for residents. Demonstrating at the airport,
the source of one of the biggest quality of life issues for many East End communities, will put on notice those who wish to serve those communities as elected representatives that residents need real aircraft noise mitigation now," she said.
Supporters will meet at the airport at 4:30 p.m.
The coalition started holding demonstrations at the airport last summer.
The protests have been largely uneventful, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker. "They're organized and they've always complied with certain requests we've had, like staying out of the road and not to impede people trying to get in there," Ecker said.
Airport Manager Jim Brundige said he wasn't aware that a protest was planned for Friday, but that the group has never caused any disturbance. "They're usually pretty civil and all that," he said.