New York City lawmakers target helicopter noise as complaints mount – New York Daily News

The feds should cut down on helicopter noise in the Big Apple and beyond, members of the New York congressional delegation say.

The Federal Aviation Administration and local agencies would have to come up with a plan to “substantially reduce the number of non-essential helicopters” under a new bill by Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, all Democrats.

They cited city statistics showing helicopter noise complaints increased 130% during the 12 months ending October 2020.

“New Yorkers are being inundated with the noise of the helicopters. It is negatively affecting their quality of life and their physical and psychological health,” Maloney said at a news conference at the E. 34th St. heliport.

“We have seen several people enjoying themselves, saving time on their trip to the airport at a high cost for the vast majority of New Yorkers,” he added.

Ironically, it was difficult to hear his words and those of other speakers over the noise of the cars rushing down FDR Drive.

The perennial subject of complaints from New Yorkers, the helicopter rampage prompted authorities in 2016 to ban tour helicopters from using Big Apple airstrips on Sunday.

But the 311 statistics indicate that the situation has not improved.

“The noise generated by these non-essential helicopters is much more than an inconvenience,” said Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President. “It has been documented to affect the mental and physical health of the people below.”

Maloney’s previous legislation to ban “non-essential” helicopters (tourist and charter rotorcraft) from flying over major cities got nowhere in Congress.

But she and other lawmakers expressed hope Sunday that her legislation would put an end to the din.

“We are not going to go. We are going to be here today, tomorrow,” Velázquez said. “We need to see a solution to this problem.”

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