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Newsday's The Point - Route Extended

August 5, 2020
In The News

Route extended

By Randi Marshall

August 4, 2020

 

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to extend the North Shore helicopter route, by which choppers head to the Hamptons, for another two years.

The route, which touches on some of the North Fork but avoids the rest of Suffolk County, was slated to expire on Thursday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Tom Suozzi were told Tuesday of the FAA’s decision.

“I was happy to hear from the administrator that they’re extending the North Shore route for two years to continue to provide relief to the residents of the North Shore,” Suozzi told The Point. He noted that Schumer has taken the lead in pushing the FAA to act on the issue, and advocating for a longer-term goal of a route that stays over the water. 

“There are still other issues especially in Queens and we’ll continue to pursue legislation to ensure that helicopters always proceed over the water,” Suozzi added.

Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told The Point that the extension of the North Shore route gives Schumer and others the opportunity to focus on that goal. Such a route would require helicopters to fly around Plum Island before heading south to the Hamptons. Schumer and Suozzi have introduced legislation to make that a reality, but the FAA also could pursue such a rule change itself.

“This gives all of us the time to create a true all-water route around the North Fork,” Roefaro said.