City Council bill to ban tourist helicopters

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Tourist helicopters Seaport 5-26-2014Update July 24, 2015- The bill was introduced.

July 8, 2015- We first heard about this last night at the CB1 meeting. The Daily News is reporting, “The City Council is preparing a bill to ban helicopter tourism from the five boroughs, saying the flights are so noisy their wings should be permanently clipped.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the bill to nix the business, which employs around 200 people and operates out of the lower Manhattan heliport, his chief of staff confirmed.

The bill has not been introduced, but Council lawyers have already reached out to the industry — which some studies have shown adds about $33 million a year to the city’s economy — to say the ban bill is imminent, tour group representatives say.”

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