NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a new push to ban sightseeing and ride-sharing helicopters from flying over New York City.
A group of lawmakers Saturday introduced the “Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019.”READ MORE: Suffolk Police: Man Killed In Hit-And-Run On Long Island Expressway In Brentwood
The federal legislation would be designed to apply just to New York City, prohibiting non-essential helicopters from flying over the densely populated area.NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Lawmakers claimed the bill would reduce noise pollution and increase residents’ safety.
“There is no justification for allowing tourists to joy ride over our city, endangering lives, and creating unnecessary noise pollution,” Rep Jerry Nadler said.MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
The trade association Helicopter Association International opposes the ban, saying in part, that it will not have a positive effect on aviation safety over New York City.