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Gothamist reports — and thanks to reader Andrew Porter for alerting us to this — that Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have banned all “non-essential” helicopter flights from the heliport located in a state park on the west side of Manhattan. She justified the veto on the premise that control of the use of airspace is exclusively within federal, not state, jurisdiction. This comes as Bloomberg reports that helicopter noise complaints “are up exponentially, from 3,332 in 2019 to 25,916 last year, according to city 311 call center data compiled by Bloomberg.”
The organization Stop the Chop NY/NJ remains committed to seeking a solution to the helicopter noise problem through whatever governmental or legal means may be available.
Update:State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon gives us a link to a National Park Service document concerning a proposed “air tour voluntary agreement” that would govern air tours, by helicopter or otherwise. over the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island national monuments, specifying “where tours can fly, altitudes, flight direction, and reporting requirements.” The document linked above has further links to the proposed agreement and other information, and a link to submit comments. The deadline for comments is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on December 30, 2022. Comments will only be accepted if submitted through the NPS website.