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Council Member introduces bill to ban non-essential helicopter flights from NYC heliports

Council Member Lincoln Restler is introducing a legislation to ban non-essential helicopter flights in NYC. “Brooklynites shouldn’t be forced to suffer from severe noise and air pollution so a few people can get to the Hamptons or JFK faster or a few tourists can see Brooklyn Bridge Park from above,” Restler told amNewYork Metro in an interview. The bill would target companies that offer tourism trips or airborne commutes, but flights would still be allowed for the U.S. armed forces, emergency services, police and the fire department, as well as news helicopters. Emergency landings would also still be allowed for all types of flights.

The 33rd Council District of Lincoln Wrestler is comprised of the following neighborhoods: Greenpoint, the Northside, South Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Heights, Willowtown, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, and portions of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus.