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Judge could grant Islip control of MacArthur website

Long Island's MacArthur Airport has entered its fifth

Long Island's MacArthur Airport has entered its fifth decade of commercial air travel. The airport has undergone renovations and an expansion (in 2004) and is home to Southwest, which occupies Concourse A of the terminal. Could the future mean expansion for the growing airport? Photo Credit: Newsday, 2010 / John Paraskevas

A federal judge will consider transferring the domain name of an unofficial Long Island MacArthur Airport website to the Town of Islip pending the outcome of a lawsuit over the matter, court records show.

U. S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler has ordered the site's operator, the Hampton Bays marketing firm Black Sheep Television, to appear at a hearing Dec. 1 on whether the court should grant a preliminary injunction transferring the domain name,, to the town.

Last month, an arbitrator ruled that Islip, which manages the airport, has common-law rights to the domain name. Black Sheep Television is suing to reverse the decision. The firm is also seeking $1 million in damages, charging in that town officials reneged on a promise to jointly operate the website.

The official airport website, launched last year, is


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