The Eastern Region Helicopter Council has agreed to a public forum on helicopter noise at Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith’s request. The meeting will be held Tuesday October 1st at 7:00 PM in the Riverhead Town Board Room.
ANNOUNCES HELICOPTER NOISE FORUM WITH THE EASTERN REGION HELICOPTER COUNCIL
Eastern Region Helicopter Council has agreed to a public forum on helicopter
noise at Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith’s request. The meeting will be held
Tuesday October 1st at 7:00 PM in the Riverhead Town Board Room.
Eastern Region Helicopter Council is a non-profit based in New Jersey who
representatives from the FAA have described as being instrumental in determining
flight paths of aircraft flying over the East End of Long Island. Helicopter
noise has been an issue that has affected Riverhead for over a decade now,
making it impossible for many residents to have a conversation outdoors.
Helicopters tend to fly repeatedly over the same areas, creating a parade of
overhead flights. Many of these aircraft fly so low that they rattle homes,
even causing objects on walls to fall off.
Laura Jens-Smith says, “I encourage all residents who have been effected by
helicopter noise to attend this meeting, and let your voice be heard. For too
long the residents of Riverhead and the East End have had their quality of life
damaged by the constant helicopter fly overs. This is an opportunity for
residents to express just how much these policies have harmed them.”
Supervisor, and Liaison to the Helicopter Noise Task Force, Councilwoman
Catherine Kent says, “Our quality of life is being destroyed because
helicopters transition over our area rather than taking a few extra minutes to
fly around Orient, as required. Since they are heading to the South Shore the
best solution is to require an all water route over the Atlantic Ocean.”
The Town encourages all those interested in this
issue to be heard at this question and answer meeting.