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A judge has ruled East Haven cannot stop work on a federally mandated 400-foot safety zone at Tweed-New Haven, in effect clearing the plan for immediate takeoff.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. announced the decision at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the airport. The mayor, leading a score of city and airport authority officials, was visibly pleased by the ruling by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall. He called on East Haven officials to work with the city on the approximately $10.5 million project. The federal government is paying for 95 percent of the work.

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