Advocacy Corner: Helicopter Update


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NYC COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HEARING TO BAN TOURIST HELICOPTERS

On November 12th the City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on the proposed legislation to eliminate helicopter tourism at the Downtown Heliport. Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Margaret Chin, and Helen Rosenthal spearheaded  Int. 859-2015, a bill that prohibits the operation of Stage 1 and Stage 2 sightseeing helicopters, the loudest and most polluting helicopter types in use.  It can greatly reduce the number of tourist helicopters over Governors Island. 

There were five hours of testimony!

70 speakers signed up to testify.  They represented neighborhoods across the city:  lower Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carol Gardens, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Staten Island, Upper West Side, Washington Heights, West Harlem, Chelsea, Tribeca, Battery Park City, northern Queens, and others. 

Many elected officials submitted testimony:  Jerry Nadler, Daniel Squadron, Letitia James, Joanne Simon, Gale Brewer, and many more attended the rally on City Hall steps before the hearing.  DC37 - the city's municipal public employees union - testified as well about the health impacts to their employees.
Governors Island was well represented by GIA, NPS, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Harbor Foundation and Earth Matter.  Council Committee members seemed to be on our side.  However, we need to keep the pressure on over the next couple of months to keep pushing the Council bills forward.

Follow us on Twitter and re-tweet us! Sign the Petition at Stop the ChopTell your friends, contact your City Council representative, send a letter or email to City Hall, and promote your stance on social media using #StoptheChop.

READ GIA'S PUBLIC TESTIMONY

READ OP-ED BY NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE LETITIA JAMES ON HUFFINGTON POST - NO-FLY ZONE

To read the full text of the bill, click here!

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