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Last Updated: August 21, 2018
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The Helipad Question


By Loriann Cody

At the recent Village of Centre Island (CI) board meeting (August 8, 2018) the Village Trustees voted to continue the moratorium on new requests for helicopter landings and take-offs and helipads within the Village. The adoption of Local Law 2-2018, simply extended the provisions of Local Law 2-2017 for a six-month period with the option of an additional 90-days. The Village has retained airport and aviation consultants as it looks to review how local helicopter activity impacts residents.

Helicopter activity is not normally associated with our local area, and the amount of existing helipads on Centre Island is low (one resident reported 4 helipads). But the 1-1/2 hour discussion that took place at the last CI board meeting about this topic shows that this may be a hot-button issue.

Most of our local villages already have laws that prohibit or restrict the use/take-off or landing of aircraft as well as the building of structures for said aircraft: Bayville, Brookville, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Oyster Bay Cove, Cove Neck, Mill Neck, Muttontown, Lattingtown and Matinecock.

There are New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) guidelines for establishment or modification of privately owned airports and heliports. According to the NYSDOT, the first step in airport or heliport establishment or modification is FAA airspace review and approval, which examines potential impacts on nearby aviation facilities and reserves airspace for the heliport. The request for a helipad determination must come from the local municipality and include a
local legislative resolution that authorizes a representative to submit a request directly to the DOT. The NYSDOT would then review the proposal with regard to State standards and issue a determination. State standards require adequate approach surface clearance over public thoroughfares (roads, railroads, navigable waterways, etc.) and compatibility with publicly owned buildings.

A quick scan of Google satellite imagery shows only one helipad (Billy Joel’s), but there has been helicopter activity (such as take-off and landings) at other locations on Centre Island. One location has enough activity (sometimes as many as two or three landings/takeoffs a day), that has garnered some resident’s ire.

For the state DOT to make a determination on allowing a new helipad/or changing an existing one, the following items must be received: municipal resolution requesting determination, topographical map showing site and site plan, FAA Airport Space Determination (available only from the Federal Aviation Administration), proponents letter of request to municipality, and a municipal statement of owner consent.

Stay tuned.

Street Dedicated Scott J. Biegel Way

 The unveiling.

Hart Place on Half Hollow Road in Dix Hills has been renamed Scott Beigel Way, to honor the Dix Hills native who lost his life in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting just six months ago. The street dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, August 11th, with a host of community members, friends and politicians in attendance.

“Scott Beigel was a teacher, a cross-country coach and a mentor to his students. Scott heroically lost his life helping those students escape the danger that sealed his fate,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “We are standing here today on the street in Dix Hills where Scott and his sister Melissa were raised, where their parents, Linda Beigel-Schulman and Michael Schulman, still reside.Today the Town recognizes Scott Beigel’s heroic sacrifice with a permanent street dedication for all to see who pass Hart Place on Half Hollow Road in Dix Hills.”

“During one of the worst tragedies imaginable, Scott Beigel died defending the lives of his students,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

“We cannot ever forget Scott’s sacrifice and the loss of lives on that tragic day six months ago. And we cannot let up in our individual efforts to lobby for stricter gun control legislation that could put an end to the senseless loss of life, and the madness that has all too often played out in our schools, malls, theaters, streets and homes, forever changing our families and our lives,” said Councilwoman Joan Cergol.

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