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!
We've gotten a great response to The NY Times article everyone! People have been writing in from all over the metropolitan area, wanting to know how they can join our fight!
Check out this video recently shot by John from Jersey City which shows the extreme frequency of these sightseeing tours. There are 4 of them in a 3-minute window.
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.