The Council will hire a law firm and advisers to help navigate Tweed’s ‘strategy’

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EAST HAVEN, CT — Before City Council entered executive session, a closed meeting, it received a letter from East Haven Mayor Joseph A. Carfora. In it, he explained why the board should agree to provide onboard legal assistance to handle the Tweed New Haven airport expansion issue. A problem he called “the most transformative” the city has faced.

Carfora maintains that the expansion of Tweed New Haven Airport is having a disproportionately negative impact on the East Haven side of the airport. As noise and environmental concerns increase, it is unreasonable for the majority of jet parking, all flight arrivals and departures, and all passenger parking to be placed on the East Haven side. He pointed to the quality of life issues associated with the expansion. Jet noise and the smell of jet fuel, among them. But it is the ‘clear impacts’ of traffic on the streets to and from the beach, the Town Green and the ‘already busy’ area of ​​the High Street at North High Street Bridge, which ‘create safety and quality of life issues disturbing lives”.

He pleaded for legal aid: “To allow our city attorney to formally put in place the aviation, airport land use and FAA experts we need to assess, advise and guide us through this process,” he wrote. “That time has come.”

The board agreed.

He unanimously passed a resolution to hire the law firm Pullman & Comley LLC. And, “hire federal aviation legal counsel,” as the law firm recommends, to assist City Attorney Michael Luzzi “with all matters related to the proposed expansion of airport facilities.” He also hired an attorney with experience in federal aviation cases and the Federal Aviation Administration in particular, Daniel S. Reimer of Denver, CO. Reimer has over 20 years of “experience and a thorough understanding of airports and airport law”. And from 2014 to 2019, he oversaw the legal department at Denver International Airport.

Carfora: “New Haven, and Yale, cannot be held in higher esteem than the impact this expansion will have on our city.”

As Carfora had noted in the letter to council before the executive session, that he, the city engineer, city attorney, public safety and legal staff met regularly on Tweed. The city met “many times with Tweed stakeholders, and during those meetings we asked for specific information.” But he noted that “there have been offers that just don’t address the deep concerns about this proposed move to East Haven.”

“But for me,” he said, “it always comes down to the simple fact that the benefits for the region, for New Haven and for Yale cannot be placed in higher esteem than the impact this expansion will have on our city. .”

The expected environmental assessment and noise study will provide guidance for noise abatement programs and outline environmental impacts, he said.

“We need answers and commitments ranging from taxation to preemption requests,” Carfora said. “We want our legal rights protected.”

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