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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 3

                 Reps. Maloney, Nadler, And Velazquez                                           Senator James Sanders Jr. Invites You to
          Announce Legislation to Substantially Reduce                                                Join His Southeast Queens 100k

            Non-Essential Helicopter Flights Over NYC                                                      Community Tree Project

                                                                                                    (Continued from page 2)  you are as happy as we are about
        The Helicopter Safety and Noise  New York City is on the rise. That  life across our city – and maybe                this meaningful project, and we
        Management Act addresses safe-  is why along with Representatives  even save lives. In Albany, we are  coming up with a community  look forward to sharing more
        ty and noise pollution concerns  Nadler and Velazquez, I am intro-  trying to pass similar legislation to  survey, and our community will  with you soon. Will you join us?
        caused by non-essential helicop-  ducing the Helicopter Safety and  approach this issue from all levels  let us know where to plant trees.  Take our survey here: https://bit.
        ter flights                  Noise Management Act, which  of government,” said State Senator  This will further help to unify our  ly/3yKlpoT
                                     will crack down on non-essential  Brad Hoylman.            district this Spring.             For further details please call
             Representatives Carolyn B.  helicopter flights. To put it simply,       “I commend Representatives       This project will indeed be  718-327-7017 or email aoneill@
        Maloney (NY-12), Jerrold Nadler  New Yorkers are being inundated  Maloney, Nadler, and Velázquez  a community effort, with help,
        (NY-10), and Nydia Velazquez  with helicopter noise, and it is  for their continued advocacy for  guidance, and input from our       Thank you for your consider-
        (NY-7) joined at the 34th Street  negatively affecting their qual-  New York residents who are ex-  office and NYC Parks! We hope  ation of this tree planting project.
        Heliport to introduce their Heli-  ity of life, and their physical and  periencing worsening helicopter
        copter Safety and Noise Manage-  psychological health, which is why  noise. Helicopter-related noise   Gillibrand Statement on House
        ment Act. They were joined in  I am determined to fix this with  complaints to 311 have gone up
        support by Senator Brad Hoyl-  legislation,” said Rep. Maloney.  in New York City over 2300% in   Intelligence Committee Hearing on
        man, Manhattan Borough Presi-       “For decades, New Yorkers have  the last five years, and the vast   Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
        dent Mark Levine, Assemblyman  been plagued by excess helicopter  majority of complaints come from
        Dick Gottfried, City Council-  noise and have had their lives  Manhattan. The proposed bill is
        member Gale Brewer, and Stop  put in danger by non-essential  a smart approach modeled after        U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  the National Defense Authoriza-
        the Chop NY/NJ.              flights,” said Congressman Jerrold  the Air Tour Management Plan   issued the following statement on  tion Act made it clear that the
             The Helicopter Safety and Noise  Nadler. “Despite numerous re-  legislation from 2000 that has   the House Intelligence Commit-  Department of Defense and other
        Management Act would create a  quests by my colleagues and I, the  improved protections for National   tee hearing on unidentified aerial  agencies must urgently approach
        commission comprised of the Ad-  FAA has refused to sufficiently  Parks from helicopter-related   phenomena:         this issue in a broad manner
        ministrator of the Federal Aviation  act to keep our skies and our city  noise,” said Council Member Gale        “We are grateful to the House  and consider all origins of UAP,
        Administration (FAA), members  safe. The Helicopter Safety and  A. Brewer (D-06).       Intelligence Committee, espe-  known or unknown. The level
        of the local and state government,  Noise Management Act will right       “Stop the Chop NY/NJ is a   cially subcommittee Chairman  of bipartisan interest from the
        and helicopter noise and safety  this wrong. This bill will force the  grassroots nonprofit coalition or-  Carson and Ranking Member  national security committees in
        advocates who are negatively im-  FAA to work with local officials  ganization with a mission to ban   Crawford, for hosting today’s  Congress -- as well as from the
        pacted by helicopter noise. This  and advocates to create a long-  nonessential (tourist and commut-  hearing on unidentified aerial  American people -- make it clear
        commission would then develop a  overdue plan to cut down on non-  er/charter helicopters) from NY’s   phenomena. Public congres-  that the Department cannot delay
        helicopter usage management plan  essential flights, which will make  metropolitan airspace. We also   sional interest in this issue will  in staffing the NDAA-established
        to substantially reduce the number  our city safer and greatly reduce  seek to close the local heliports   contribute toward countering the  office, developing a science plan,
        of non-essential civil rotorcraft  noise pollution. For too long, New  to this nonessential helicopter   stigma faced by service members  and integrating already existing
        that can operate at any time.  Yorkers have been asking for relief  traffic. Just as we had the previ-  and others in reporting their own  data to properly investigate these
             Between October 2019 and  from the negative safety, health,  ous opportunities to support “The   encounters with UAP, thereby  phenomena. Our national secu-
        October 2020, complaints about  and environmental impacts of  Improving Helicopter Safety Act”   improving our own data collec-  rity demands that the Department
        helicopter noise in New York City  non-essential helicopter flights.  introduced by Congressmembers   tion to help resolve this national  move on this issue with haste
        increased 130%. According to the  It is time for the FAA to deliver.  Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerry Nadler   security issue.  and maintain transparency with
        city’s 311 hotline, through the end  I am proud to be leading this bill  and Nydia Velazquez, we thank        The language we secured in  Congress.”
        of September 2021, New York City  alongside Congresswoman Malo-  our Congressional Representa-
        received more than 17,000 calls  ney, and I thank her for her critical  tives for the opportunity to present   Rep. Gregory Meeks Statement on The
        about helicopter noise, eclipsing  partnership.”           at this press conference for the in-
        the helicopter-noise complaints       “Helicopter noise is not just  troduction of their additional, new   Rockaway Beach Closures
        made in 2019 and in 2020. And  annoying – it could be deadly. A  federal helicopter bill. It is time
        last year, the FAA released its  new study from Rutgers Medical  we end the Wild West airspace       Congressman Gregory W.  and businesses in the Rockaways
        first noise survey in almost thirty  School found that noise pollution  created by the helicopter menace  Meeks released a statement re-  to address erosion issues. The
        years, which found that almost  from transportation causes 5% of  over the NYC metro area and for  garding the closure of several  resiliency of the peninsula’s in-
        two-thirds of people were “highly  New Jersey heart attacks. If that is  the FAA to listen to the harmed  beaches on the Rockaway penin-  frastructure, residents’ concerns,
        annoyed” by aircraft noise, which  the case, I cannot imagine the rate  communities and enact significant  sula. Congressman Meeks stated:  and calls from small businesses
        was about five times higher than  in NYC. I am thrilled that Con-  restrictions or a ban. We thank  “The plans to extend Rockaway  are all extremely important. I’m
        what was reported in 1992.   gresswoman Maloney and Con-   our NY Congressmembers for  Beach closures through July  pleased that in working with the
             “Of all the issues I hear about  gressman Nadler are announcing  their leadership in continuing to  are extremely concerning. The  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
        from my constituents, helicopter  The Helicopter Safety and Noise  fight for safer, cleaner and more  COVID-19 pandemic has dealt  we were able to provide an alter-
        noise is one of the most common.  Management Act, which will  peaceful skies above NYC,” said  a tremendous financial burden  native plan for the summer beach
        Unfortunately, helicopter noise in  substantially improve quality of  Stop the Chop NY/NJ.  on local businesses and many  closures. It is my hope that the
                                                                                                of the small businesses on the  New York City Parks Department
         Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar Partners With Mount Sinai                               Rockaway peninsula rely on the  will reconsider the alternative
             Health System For Free Mammograms at District Office                               summer months for the bulk of  plan provided by the Army Corps
                                                                                                their annual revenue. However, it  and constructively work toward
                                                                                                is imperative that the construction  providing a solution that addresses
        Screening Day Continues        The Assemblywoman has  change that situation and expand   causing these closures is com-  the entire Rockaway community’s
        Assemblywoman’s Work to Pro-  focused on increasing healthcare  access.                 pleted for the safety of residents  concerns,” said Meeks.
        vide Accessible Healthcare for  access to her constituents, as her       Participants thanked Assembly-  HPD And FDNY Launch Fire Safety
        Her Constituents             district is underserved when it  woman Rajkumar for her contin-
                                     comes to healthcare.  She recently  ued support of the community’s       Education Campaign
             Recently, Assemblywoman  brought doctors to her office to  health.
        Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven)  conduct free health screenings for       “With the pandemic going       The New York City Depart-       The coordinated approach
        hosted a Mammogram Screening  her constituents. She was a leader  on, it was easy to forget about  ment of Housing Preservation and   delivers on a commitment made
        Day, a free event by the Assembly-  in connecting her constituents  self-care,” said Xiomara Brito.  Development (HPD) and the Fire   by Mayor Eric Adams in March
        woman in partnership with the  with doctors during the days of  “But then I received a message  Department of the City of New   to strengthen the City’s fire safety
        Mount Sinai Health System. At  the early pandemic, and made  from Assemblywoman Rajkumar  York (FDNY) joined together at   enforcement and outreach efforts
        the event, community members  sure the health counsel was avail-  reminding me to get my mammo-  the Joyce Kilmer Park near Yan-  in the wake of the tragic Twin
        received state-of-the-art 3D mam-  able in multiple languages to meet  gram. It is so great to know I have  kee Stadium in the Bronx today to   Parks apartment fire in The Bronx
        mograms from the Mount Sinai  the needs of her district which is  a representative looking out for  launch a citywide fire safety cam-  in January. Since the executive
        Hospital at the Assemblywoman’s  72% immigrant. Her office also  my health. This is something that  paign titled “Keeping Homes Fire   order was signed, HPD and FDNY
        office.                      led in securing vaccination ap-  could save my life, and because of  Safe,” to educate New Yorkers on   have partnered on the public fire
             “We loved teaming up once  pointments for constituents when  the Assemblywoman not only did  six key fire safety recommenda-  safety campaign while working
        again with Assemblywoman  those appointments were hard to  I get one but I got one for free.”  tions for residents and property   to increase interagency coordina-
        Rajkumar,” said Dr. Laurie Mar-  secure.  Finally, her office has       “Assemblywoman Rajkumar’s  owners. At the event, FDNY and   tion and information sharing to
        golies, Professor of Radiology  been a constant hub for COVID  office is like a hospital for the  HPD outreach staff handed out   prevent fires.
        and Director of Breast Imaging at  testing during the pandemic and  community,” said Rhonda Campo.  new pamphlets with fire safety        The fire safety outreach plan
        Mount Sinai Health System. “She  a place to get necessary PPE.  “She helped us schedule vaccine  tips and spoke with New Yorkers   includes fire safety education at
        recognizes that routine mam-       Breast cancer is the most  appointments in the thick of the  about the importance of self-  more than 20 public events already
        mograms are an essential part of  common cancer among women  pandemic when they were scarce.  closing doors and smoke detec-  planned throughout the city, and
        women’s healthcare, and wants  in Queens, and early detection  She has always offered healthcare  tors, among other important fire   that number continues to grow as
        all her constituents to live their  can save lives. 20% of women  right from her office, having doc-  safety tips. The City expects to   the agencies partner with elected
        healthiest lives. They are fortunate  in the borough eligible for mam-  tors provide free health services  reach hundreds of thousands of   officials, other agencies, and local
        to have the Assemblywoman on  mograms do not receive one. The                           New  Yorkers through the fire
        their side.”                 Assemblywoman is working to       (Continued on page 9)    safety campaign.                    (Continued on page 4)
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