- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - A public hearing that was expected to draw hundreds of people to address noise complaints at the East Hampton Town Airport has been postponed because of the snowstorm.

Town officials say the meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, will be held on March 12.

The town board is considering four new laws that would restrict flights at the airport. The laws are proposed to address long-simmering complaints about noise from helicopters, private jets and other planes ferrying the rich and famous to their estates.

The town received 24,591 complaints about airport-related noise in 2014. That’s almost quadruple the 6,776 a year earlier.

The proposed changes include prohibiting all helicopter operations from noon Thursday to noon Monday during the summer.

Opponents say the restrictions would hurt the local economy.

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