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Letter: Quiet Skies Over North Hempstead

In a recent letter to the editor, I discussed my concerns about how the problem of helicopter aircraft noise in the Town of North Hempstead was being addressed. I am happy to report that, after a teleconference with staff members in Senator Schumer’s Long Island and Washington, D.C. offices, it is clear to me that they understand the issues associated with helicopter noise here on Long Island.

We discussed transitions to and from the North Shore route, flights over water, limitations of single engine helicopters, safety, procedural issues, potential homeland security issues and making use of all routes to and from the East End. The senator’s staff explained their plans, and I am therefore confident we will have an integrated approach that, when implemented, will get us meaningful relief from helicopter noise.

I want to thank Senator Schumer and his staff for their efforts, and I look forward to working with them to help us all enjoy our spring and summer seasons.

Len Schaier, President
Quiet Skies Over North Hempstead