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Nov 1, 2016 4:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Airport Curfew Violations Continue To Fall in Second Year

The Town of East Hampton has begun sending summonses to violators of the airport curfews. LAURA WEIR
Nov 1, 2016 4:41 PM

Violations of the curfews at East Hampton Airport declined by nearly half in the summer of 2016 from the previous year, with most violations still coming on the fringes of the stated curfews, primarily those tighter time limits imposed only on aircraft deemed to be especially noisy.

Town officials said there were 38 violations of the curfew over the past summer, compared to 64 in 2015, out of more than 10,000 “operations” by aircraft.

Earlier this year, consultants working for the town reported that curfew violations were extraordinarily rare considering the amount of air traffic at the airport and that the rules, imposed in 2015, were nudging aircraft operators into time periods that were less impactful on residents.

The curfews bar all aircraft from the airport between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and especially noisy ones between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Most of the offenders issued summonses this year pleaded guilty to the violations in Town Justice Court on Monday and paid fines of $500 per violation. The highest fine, $2,000, was paid by FlexJet, which had four violations.

A dozen of the violations remain pending for a future court date and several others were set aside or dismissed because they were issued in error or because there were special circumstances: like the U.S. Secret Service ordering the planes carrying Hillary Clinton to land before the morning curfew window so that they could be given a close safety examination before departing with the presidential candidate and her campaign entourage.

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Why does Hillary Clinton's plane get to be excluded from the rules? So now the town board gets to pick and choose who they want to apply the rules to according to their political affiliation?? Why couldn't Hillary fly in and out within the curfew period - other candidates had no problem complying with the curfew. I guess our town board follows the same pay-to-play rules Hillary does.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 1, 16 4:59 PM
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It wasn't Hillary Bill was flying in for a little early morning "tail."
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Nov 1, 16 10:48 PM
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The fines need to be increased $500 is just a tip to these people. Nothing like being woken up with a loud thwap thwap.....1 is to many!
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Nov 2, 16 6:39 AM
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Unless it's HRC. She's excluded because you like her. That's how your rules work, you don't apply them to yourself or your interests, just everyone else's. There's a word for that - NIMBY. And the only helicopter that actually is coming from or going to HTO at night now is either military/CG or medical, which makes your complaint about them sound really shallow.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 2, 16 5:53 PM
I'm sure Oranged boy would get the same courtesy. BTW Local.... NIMBY has nothing to do with circumstances discussed here. Maybe stick with using words you understand.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Nov 2, 16 6:14 PM