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Letter: Helicopters

Kudos to Len Schaier on his unswerving dedication to monitor the incessant annoyance and noise pollution created by helicopters flying over Port Washington, specifically over Port Washington North. As reported in the July 21 issue of Port Washington News, he’s to be commended on his efforts. As a “pioneer” who brought this issue into the open several years ago, I was mocked by a resident of Port, who shall remain nameless, but reading this, he’ll know who I am referring to, who professed to be an “aviation expert.” He espoused the position that this problem is exaggerated and it doesn’t merit concern! This, in spite of the fact that even Dr. Geoffrey Gordon, our school superintendent, joined my concern about the safety of these helicopter flights, expressing his fears in a letter to the editor of Port News of a potential crash with dire consequences. There are documented helicopter crashes which occurred several years ago on Long Island. With all of the recent articles reporting vehement objections to these fly-overs by citizens across the North Shore of Long Island, and Len Schaier’s efforts, I feel vindicated! The helicopter issue is further exacerbated by the infamous runway 22L at JFK which rattles the ears and nerves in several L.I. communities as reported in recent articles in Newsday and in the July 21 issue Port News, page 6, under the heading “Meeting to Be Held on Danger from the Sky.”

What is extremely frustrating and incomprehensible is how our representatives such as Senator Chuck Schumer and TNH Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who a couple of years ago promised remedial action and were part of a photo-op and article, on the front page of Port News. So far, as evidenced by the continued noise harassment from these helicopters, both gentlemen uttered empty words! Political grandstanding? It surely looks that way! Apparently these helicopters must make a detour not to fly over the homes of Messrs Schumer and Kaiman! Regrettably, the same silence and apparent indifference stems from our village officials as well. Some of them even make light of this situation! For Heaven’s sake, will it take, God forbid, a disaster for them to take proactive action? Where is their fiduciary responsibility?

Len, stay the course... ‘man the torpedoes, full steam ahead!

Stanley Ronell