While Brooklyn Heights Blog, WPIX-TV and other news outlets reported on Monday that the EDC is working on a plan to curb helicopter traffic over Brooklyn Heights, it’s a news flash to Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that the group’s spokesperson, who was on the bleeding edge of this issue almost a year ago and is seeking a total ban on tourist choppers, is somehow in the dark about the EDC’s reported plans.
Brooklyn Eagle: Judy Stanton, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, was unaware of any such plan, but she “would love to hear what kind of plan it is” before anything is officially decided. Because this issue is being contested not only by local activists but also by elected officials, Stanton hopes that the EDC will consult with those officials and some of the community groups beforehand so that those most directly impacted by the helicopter traffic can make sure the agreement is adequate.
Stanton added that there was also a lack of transparency regarding flights out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport after “repeatedly asking” for data. BHB asked and received 2009 data from a DMH representative who provided us with 2009 stats claiming 68 landings per day at the heliport last year. We’ve asked for data from 2010, specifically since April 1 and are awaiting a response from DMH.