American Airlines has lost its bid to restore flights between Long Island MacArthur Airport and Washington, D.C.
The airport includes a new gift and wine shop, a restaurant, an art gallery and an atrium concert hall.
Suffolk County and the towns of Islip and Brookhaven have declared states of emergency after what County Executive Steve Bellone called an “unprecedented” deluge.
The plane went down around 9 a.m. near the side of a house on Camille Lane in East Patchogue and burst into flames, authorities said.
Noise, increased traffic and pollution are the biggest concerns expressed over the expansion plan. The proposal also includes installing a tram to connect the airport to the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station.
The flight was about to take off from Philadelphia heading to Long Island’s MacArthur Airport when Albert Rizzi said he was confronted by a flight attendant because his guide dog wouldn’t stay under his seat.
“International service would be a real boom,” Schumer said during a press conference Monday. “It’s a win-win. International flights provide Long Islander’s with direct access to popular vacation spots and it helps our local economy.”
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attended two fundraisers on Long Island Thursday evening. The two fundraisers were held at private homes in Old Brookville and Muttontown.
An investigation is underway and there is no word yet if the pilot will face charges.
“We’ve seen recently within the town of Islip certain contractors, certain aerospace manufacturers actually expanding their space,” Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci told Xirinachs.
More than a decade after 9/11 security fears forced the federal government to discontinue direct flights from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport to Washington, DC, the service is being restored.
The airline says the pilot was making a “fun announcement” that the mother of an air traffic controller was on the plane, but a spokeswoman said some mistook the phrase “mom on board” for “bomb on board.”
Direct flights from MacArthur Airport on Long Island to Washington, D.C., will begin by the end of March for the first time in a decade.
Tri-State area residents are bracing for more wild weather a day after high winds knocked out power for thousands of residents and heavy downpours flooded some roadways.
Police say a private airplane was traveling near MacArthur airport when someone pointed a laser at the pilot, blinding him for a few moments.