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Mar 9, 2012 5:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Court Rejects Request To Stop East Hampton From Accepting FAA Funds For Airport

Mar 13, 2012 2:46 PM

Members of the Committee to Stop Airport Expansion, who have been fighting to prevent East Hampton Town from accepting Federal Aviation Administration funds to build a deer fence at the airport, had their request for a temporary restraining order rejected in court for a third time, according to a statement from the East Hampton Aviation Association last week.

Justice Peter B. Skelos, of the New York State Appellate Division, 2nd Department, rejected committee member David Gruber’s third request in three months for a temporary restraining order against the town after an hour-long hearing in Mineola. The first time Mr. Gruber sought to enjoin the town from accepting the funds was in December. He tried for the second time last week, according to the statement.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” stated Harold Levy, former president of the East Hampton Aviation Association. “And it is madness that the town taxpayers have been paying so much defending against all the lawsuits over the last decade brought against the town by Mr. Gruber.”

The East Hampton Town Board unanimously approved accepting funds for the deer fence in December. The Committee to Stop Airport Expansion wants to stop the town from accepting the money in an effort to establish local control over the airport. Its members argue that the federal funds come with contractual obligations that prevent the town from regulating air traffic and noise.

Jeff Bragman, an East Hampton attorney representing the Committee to Stop Airport Expansion, said even though the temporary restraining order was denied, there is still a pending application for a preliminary injunction to stop the town from accepting the funds. He also said a suit over the town’s airport master plan on the issue of controlling noise at the airport is also pending in court.

“We’re going to continue to make every effort to stay the town from irrevocably surrendering local control,” Mr. Bragman said.

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And may these good citizencontinutinbg to block the special avialtion interest represented by Levy and others. keep doing so. To accept funds from the FAA will lock the town into airport expansion that will end the serenity of the East End for at leat 20 years. It will bring an end to the reason peole flock to the hamptons--to enjoy the peace and quiet they cnanot find in the city.
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on Mar 9, 12 7:05 PM
Absolute nonsense. There is no requirement for expansion, doomsday scenario or not. Your voice gets more quiet the farther you get from reality.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Mar 9, 12 11:36 PM
Get a good deal on a house by the airport then complain of the noise? These people are real winners
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 9, 12 9:58 PM
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Justice Skelos is a Justice with many claime to hear,,,,please Mr Gruber get a life,if you were in Europe you would be paying the cost of these silly suits,,,,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Mar 10, 12 4:02 PM
Frankly, our court of appeals 1-3 Dept. is a pathetic bunch of political patrons. Who cares how many claims Justice Skelos has to hear? That is what he is paid for.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Mar 12, 12 12:16 AM
Is Gruber also a non-practicing attorney like the other guy that wastes so much of the Town's time and money?
By hellothere (10), springs on Mar 11, 12 2:20 PM
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By Greatgoogamooga, Southampton on Mar 14, 12 4:18 PM