No landing zone: New bill seeks to ban tourist helicopters from N.J.

No landing zone: New bill seeks to ban tourist helicopters from N.J.


By:  Kathryn Brenzel
NJ Advance Media


A proposed bill seeks to ban tourist helicopters from landing and taking off in New Jersey, a step that joins years of efforts to clear the skies over the Hudson River.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco are introducing a bill that would require the state Department of Transportation to bar tourist helicopters from landing at state-licensed facilities, Prieto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The bill would prevent these aircrafts from landing or taking off in N.J., since the state issues licenses to all heliports, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said.

"Residents want these tourist helicopters grounded and they deserve relief from the incessant noise and pounding headaches," Menendez said. "The threat to public safety is very real and very troublesome."

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