Something really did come “off” after yesterday’s news that the BHA hadn’t been filled in about the Economic Development Corporation’s reported plan to curb tourist helicopter noise over Brooklyn Heights.
Sources tell BHB that the EDC is currently reaching out to elected officials and others to begin the process of formulating a plan. In other words, there is no plan but there’s plan to make a plan.
NYS Senator Daniel Squadron (D-SD 25) tells BHB via e-mail, “As Brooklyn Heights residents know all too well, the concentration of tourist helicopter flights at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport has raised serious concerns about safety and quality of life. I am pleased that, in response to our advocacy and the advocacy of Brooklyn and Manhattan community members, EDC is willing to meet with local officials to begin discussion on a much-needed comprehensive plan. We must act quickly to reach a solution that is safe and works for our community.”
Via e-mail earlier today, EDC spokesperson Dave Lombino told our Julie Kanfer, “We’re not going to detail any more of the ongoing discussions about helicopters at this time.”
So bottom line – EDC is thinking about having a meeting, but haven’t hit “send” on the Outlook invite. Stay tuned.