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Oct 14, 2015 10:49 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Around Town Hall: Southampton Relaunches Airport Noise Committee

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The Southampton Town Board has reestablished an Airport Noise Advisory Committee whose members will be charged with trying to curb issues with helicopter noise on the East End.

On Tuesday, the board opted to form the 10-member committee that will include local elected officials, airport personnel and community members. The goal of the group is to limit the impacts of airport noise throughout the township, particularly areas with high levels of helicopter traffic like Southampton, Sag Harbor and Sagaponack villages, and the hamlets of Bridgehampton, Water Mill, Noyac and North Sea.

“By creating its own advisory committee, the Town of Southampton can better understand and develop strategies for area-wide approaches to address helicopter noise such that it will not unnecessarily burden or impact the residents of the Town of Southampton, particularly as it relates to the Town of East Hampton’s study of new helicopter approach and departure paths, and its potential diversion of traffic to other airports,” the resolution creating the committee states.

The Town of East Hampton has been battling airport noise for years, and over the summer attempted to implement several changes to limit it. Their efforts, which include trying to limit the number of takeoffs and landings at the East Hampton Airport, is currently tangled in litigation.

The members of the Southampton Town Airport Noise Advisory Committee include Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch, Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera, Francis S. Gabreski Airport Manager Anthony Ceglio and an unnamed representative from the Town Attorney’s office. Community representatives include Bob Malafronte, Barry Holden, Gene Polito, Lawrence Richenstein and Richard Prins.

Cumulative Traffic
Study Authorized

Dunn Engineering in Westhampton Beach has been hired by Southampton Town to combine several independent traffic studies, all focusing on the proposed zone change for the Tuckahoe Shopping Center, into one uniform report.

The Town Board authorized the report on Tuesday, with Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst saying it is separate from the report expected from the developers—Southampton Venture LLC­—and will serve as the independent, third-party report referenced by the town in its final decision.

The report, which will cost $14,517.50, will be completed in the next few weeks, according to the supervisor. She also noted that the developer will reimburse the town for the study’s cost.

The Tuckahoe Shopping Center proposal calls for the construction of a 40,000-square-foot supermarket on Magee Street, as well as a 15,000-square-foot shopping center and a 3,000-square-foot bank.

Preservation Plan Updated

An updated version of the Southampton Town Community Preservation Plan will be presented to the Town Board at a public hearing that will begin at 1 p.m. on November 10.

According to Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, updated versions of the plan are presented every few months and next month’s hearing will serve as house cleaning.

Town code mandates that the plan must include every project that the town intends to pursue using CPF funds, including a detailed evaluation of all available land remaining in the municipality. During the hearing, the town will hear updates on all of the properties that have been acquired so far in 2015 and receive an update on pending acquisitions and projects.

Cyberbullying Awareness
Takes Center Stage

The town will host a cyberbullying awareness forum on Tuesday, October 20—as part of Bullying Prevention Month—at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue.

This is the fourth year for the program, which is being sponsored by Town Councilwoman Christine P. Scalera.

“The last three years were a great success, but as the problem continues to exist, often with traumatic and even tragic consequences, it is my hope that these annual seminars continue to inform, provide strategies and tools and, perhaps most importantly, create awareness for school administrators, teachers, parents and our kids,” Ms. Scalera states in a press release. “We need to reinforce a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to bullying—we owe it to our children.”

The program is in partnership with the Town Youth Bureau and will begin at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Daria Ferrara, of the Child Abuse Prevention Service, will give a presentation titled, “Cyberbullying: What Parents Need To Know.” There will also be a performance from the Youth Bureau’s Act TWO drama troop entitled “Strategies for Kids Dealing With Cyberbullying.

Interested parties can call Ms. Scalera’s office at (631) 287-5745 or the Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2425 for more information. They can visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.

“Children and parents need strategies to help them negotiate today’s cyber world,” Southampton Youth Bureau Director Nancy Lynott said in the same release. “Too many mistakes are made behind the screen of an electronic device that might not be made during a face-to-face encounter. Today’s youth communicate and get information primarily on their phones, and the toll of all-too-common negative encounters on social media is becoming increasingly serious. This workshop addresses what kids and parents need to know.”

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Helicopters fly over Hampton Bays to and from everywhere else in the Town. Yeah yeah Hampton Bays whining again? Yup. We get the noise, someone else gets to "represent" our issues. Thanks for forgetting us once again Southampton Town!
By bluelightning (21), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 15 7:51 AM
It's never too late to do something that matters to the residents of Southampton Township. Last spring the town board backed away from supporting the proposals put forth by the Town of East Hampton board members although the Southampton town supervisor and council people implored them to do something. I'm glad to see the committee is formed but much time has passed and a new election is facing EH Town board members, all of whom worked tirelessly to achieve quieter skies. We have a right to live ...more
By mcgrawkeber (47), East Hampton on Oct 15, 15 12:09 PM