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New Jersey Residents, Officials Call For Ban On Tourist Helicopters

Congressman Sires Meeting With Officials In Washington
Rep. Albio Sires and others hold a news conference at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J. - July 8, 2013 (credit: Jim Smith / WCBS 880)

Rep. Albio Sires and others hold a news conference at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J. – July 8, 2013 (credit: Jim Smith / WCBS 880)

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - A number of residents and officials in New Jersey are tired of the noise from low-flying tourist helicopters on their side of the Hudson River and are now calling for them to be banned.

During a 15-minute news conference held Monday at Pier A Park in Hoboken at least half a dozen buzzed overhead, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

Resident Brian Wagner said they usually start flying over at 9 or 10 in the morning and keep going until about 11 p.m. every day.

“We have [an] ongoing assembly line of tourist helicopters,” he said, adding that sometimes they make it difficult to have a conversation.

Elected officials from up and down the Hudson have now banded together to call for action.

“I am meeting with the FAA and I am meeting with the people in Washington to try to ban these flights over this congested area,” U.S. Rep. Albio Sires of West New York said.

“It sounds like a war zone,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

They said last weekend’s emergency landing near the 79th Street Boat Basin in Manhattan should serve as a wakeup call that this is also a safety issue.

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