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(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to Manny Weiss, Eastern Regional administrator, Federal Aviation Administration and is printed here at the writer's request.)

This letter calls your attention to an extremely dangerous situation to which the residents of the Village of Port Washington North are exposed from precariously low-flying helicopters.

These low-level flights over our homes, start as early as 6 a.m., continue throughout the day, and very often end as late as 11 p.m. None of us know who these helicopters belong to, nor what their flight purposes are. Suffice it to say, they are pervasive, and represent a safety hazard to our village in addition to creating an insupportable noise annoyance. It's not unusual to perceive some vibration in one's house from a dangerously low flight.

To support our extreme concern for the safety of the residents of our village, we call your attention to an article titled "Pols ask for copter policies," which appeared on page A-12 of the May 13, 2006 edition of Newsday. On our residents' behalf, you are kindly requested to take the necessary action to have these flyovers cease and desist immediately, lest we run the risk of injury and/or God forbid a fatality caused by a crash such as the one described in this article.

We look forward to a swift implementation of our request, for which we thank you in advance.

Stanley L. Ronell

Deputy Chairman, Planning Board

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