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Noisy Wall Street Helicopters Spur East Hampton to Shut Airport

  • Town expected to vote Thursday to limit airport to private use
  • Airport would close Feb. 28, reopen as private in early March
Passengers prepare to board a helicopter at East Hampton Airport in 2017.

Passengers prepare to board a helicopter at East Hampton Airport in 2017.

Photographer: Frank Eltman/AP Photo

The tony town of East Hampton on New York’s Long Island has had enough of Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe flying in on noisy helicopters. 

The town’s board is expected to vote to deactivate its airport and reopen it as a more limited facility that planes and helicopters can only land in with prior permission, according to a Tuesday press statement by Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. The shift will give the town greater control over flight traffic at the airport, which has surged in recent years thanks to ride-share apps that make it easier to snag a seat on a helicopter or private plane at the last minute.