The latest great debate over federalism is being waged over an unlikely group: rich folks taking $2,500 chartered whirlybirds to the Hamptons. Noise from their choppers has been driving people batty all along the LIE, and, as we noted earlier, Chuck Schumer has started calling for federal oversight of the increasingly crowded route. And now the helicopter people are fighting back. Todd Rome — the president of Blue Star Jets, which handles nearly all NYC-to-Hamptons helicopter charters — will publish an op-ed in Sunday's Times, predictably fuming about Schumer overreach; instead of the "complicated and costly" federal involvement, he proposes that helicopter operators dampen the din voluntarily. (Blue Star is in a uniquely safe position here, because it books choppers but doesn't operate them.) "To regulate helicopter noises would also be bad for the economy," Rome helpfully adds. It's unclear how some of the smaller companies can afford the new technology needed by Rome's plan, but, hey — perhaps the same customers who shell out two grand to shave 45 minutes off their Friday commute will be happy to absorb the costs.
Most Viewed Stories
Every Netflix Original Series, Ranked
Thank You, Nicki Minaj
What’s New on Netflix: September 2015
Miley Cyrus’s VMAs Outfits, Ranked From Bad to Worse
Jeb Bush Responds to Insanely Racist Trump Ad by Calling Trump Liberal
More Intriguingly Mundane Moments From Hillary Clinton’s Email
What’s Leaving Netflix: September 2015
Hannibal Redefined How We Tell Stories on Television
What Is the Trump Endgame?
These Were the Truman Show VMAs
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerThe ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Officially the Taxi of Today
Most yellow-cab owners in New York are now required to upgrade to the boxy Nissan NV200 when replacing their older vehicles.8 Ways Scott Walker Revealed His Pure Love of Reagan
Takeaways from a revealing interview.ISIS Destroyed Another Ancient Temple in Syria
The U.N. has now confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was nearly 2,000 years old.Baby Girl Enters World in the Backseat of an NYC Uber
Her mom gave birth near the Lincoln Tunnel, on the way to the hospital.Defying the Supreme Court, Kentucky Clerk Is Still Denying Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Even after being instructed by the court to issue the licenses, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis rejected two more couples this morning, citing “God's authority.”More Intriguingly Mundane Moments From Hillary Clinton’s Email
Featuring Chelsea's memo to her parents, concerns about gefilte fish, and plenty of mysterious redactions.
The university's president said Columbia would host the president after he left the White House — but offered no more details.Real-Estate Developer Allegedly Left Friend to Die After Drunken Hamptons Car Crash
Forty-two-year-old Sean Ludwick is being held on $1 million bond.Where Does 2020 Presidential Candidate Kanye West Stand on the Issues?
He’s concerned about prison reform and income inequality, but may be anti-book.Jeb Bush Responds to Insanely Racist Trump Ad by Calling Trump Liberal
Nice party you’ve got here, Republicans.
Yup.Vice Journalists Accused of ‘Terror Activity’ in Turkey
Their translator was also arrested.Dick Cheney’s Ideas to Stop Iranian Nukes Are As Sophisticated As You Might Expect
The man who did more to enable Iran's rise to power than anybody in history speaks out.Couple Arrested for Taking Selfies on Boat Already Occupied by Sleeping Family
They left behind a bag of still warm food from a KFC/Taco Bell.Cheney Sure Likes the Idea of a Biden Presidential Campaign
"Well, go for it, Joe."Is America Ready for a Dog President?
Let's hope so!Obama to Run Off Into the Alaskan Wilderness With Bear Grylls
"President Obama will become the first U.S. president to receive a crash course in survival techniques from Bear Grylls."New York Magazine Competition No. 55: Brooklynize a Novel
The latest installment of our game.Courtroom Sketch Artist Somewhat Terrified of Having to Draw Tom Brady Again
The New England Patriots quarterback will be in New York City court again on Monday.U.S. May Celebrate Chinese State Visit With Sanctions
Over economic espionage by Chinese hackers.