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New York, NY - Ban On NYC Helicopter Tours Gaining Momentum With City Council Members

Published on: July 8, 2015 11:51 PM
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FILE - Two people walk past a sign pointing to the Liberty Helicopter Tours company in New York, August 8, 2009.  ReutersFILE - Two people walk past a sign pointing to the Liberty Helicopter Tours company in New York, August 8, 2009.  Reuters

New York, NY - Amid complaints from local residents that noise from the whirlybirds is an ongoing nuisance, support is growing among City Council members to back an upcoming bill that would ban helicopter tourist flights out of lower Manhattan and throughout the five boroughs permanently.

NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1TlnhXP) reports in an EXCLUSIVE that Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) is busy drafting the ban bill which would bring down the curtain on the helicopter tours industry that employs about 200 people and adds about $33M annually to NYC’s economy.


According to residents in Lower Manhattan and along the Hudson and East rivers, noise from the tours has become too much to deal with, despite an agreement from industry heads to cease flying over land.

“It’s ruing the quality of life in this city,” said Battery Park resident Delia von Neuschatz.

Put in perspective, NYC’s 311 line logged 1,290 noise complaint calls about the tours in 2014 as opposed to 129,946 about loud parties.

Brian Tolbert, who manages the lower Manhattan heliport, said a survey conducted by his group Helicopter Matters showed that only 4% of New Yorkers found noise from the tours a problem.

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 Jul 09, 2015 at 07:18 AM Boochie Says:

OMG! It's the city, if you want quiet 9-5 move to the suberbs


 Jul 09, 2015 at 10:36 AM Reb Yid Says:

So a rich guy can fly in and out of heliports with no restriction, but sightseeing (middle class tourists + small businesses) is going to be banned? Well, I guess that's Democratic politics for you.


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