A federal judge has just ensured that summer in the Hamptons will kick off with one of its annual traditions: swarms of private helicopters.
After a hearing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip, Judge Joanna Seybert decided on Monday to delay her ruling in a case aimed at blocking restrictions on helicopters flying in and out of East Hampton Airport. The judge said she will decide the case in three weeks and that until then, helicopter flights could continue without restrictions into and out of East Hampton, New York.
New rules were scheduled to take effect Monday that put an evening curfew on noisy helicopters at East Hampton and limited each helicopter to one takeoff and landing per week. Local residents had imposed the rules after complaining about noise from the growing numbers of helicopters at the airport.
Residents say there were more than 5,000 chopper flights into and out of East Hampton last summer, up 47 percent over 2013. On some of the busiest days, there are more than 300 flights into and out of the small airport.