Lawmakers Seek to Ban Hudson River Helicopter Tours

new york cityThe Associated Press, August 8, 2014

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Tourists who want a bird's eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey joined local officials on Friday to call for a ban of tourist helicopter flights on both sides of the Hudson River. Officials say they are a threat to the quality of life and public safety of residents along the waterfront.

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The news conference was punctuated by the sounds of helicopters overhead.

Menendez says he plans to introduce legislation if state and federal authorities can't come up with a solution.

Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires last year reached an agreement to reduce the hours and number of helicopter tours operating out of a heliport in Jersey City after residents complained about noise and safety issues.


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