A Taiwanese man visited Battery Park City to put on a kite exhibit. Despite acquiring all the proper permits, the FAA ordered him to stop flying his kite on account of low-flying helicopter traffic. So, we and our elected officials can't tell the FAA what to do in the air, but the FAA can tell us what to do on the ground. Helicopter traffic is hurting our quality of life from every direction. This story is 10 years old! Mayor De Blasio, it is high time you put a stop to the excessive tourist helicopter traffic!
In response to a letter sent by NY elected officials to the FAA in December (see previous post) urging action to reduce helicopter noise, a closed meeting between FAA and EDC officials and elected representatives was held yesterday. Attendees included Carmine Gallo, FAA Regional Administrator for the Eastern Region, David Hopkins, Director of Aviation for the EDC and US Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY), Nydia Velazquez (NY) and Albio Sires (NJ). State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin were also present.
The gist of the meeting is this: 1) the FAA and EDC deny there's a noise problem despite countless complaints from NYC residents and letters from officials going back several years (see below); 2) even if there is a noise problem, there's nothing they can do about it and will fight to retain the status quo.
Mayor deBlasio - it is high time you took the rains on this!
Stop the Chop NYNJ is a local grassroots coalition of NY and NJ residents seeking to educate the public about the adverse effects of helicopters sightseeing tours on the environment and on the health and welfare of the two million people living underneath their Hudson River flight path.