Political Helicopter Chatter

Here we go again – Talk about Helicopter bans

Senator Menendez and a handful of other talking heads set up a conference at Pier A Park again today – to talk about the banning of tourist helicopters in the name of “public safety” and “quality of life.”

Memo: You’re complaining about noise in the one of the most densely-populated areas of the country! Isn’t that enough to make you think twice before creating a spectacle like this?

My guess is that none of these people really give a crap about the “issues” they talk about. They just want attention. And for any “activist” that truly believes these are issues, they need to go out and get laid a bit more.

Politicians chat about helicopters in New Jersey

7/8/2013 Update:

This afternoon, politicians set up a media spectacle down at Pier A Park in Hoboken to draw attention to the helicopters that fly all around the city.

Helicopter Chatter in Hoboken NJ Albio Sires

Doesn’t Hoboken have more pressing issues than helicopters?

Congressman Albio Sires along with other officials, love to make themselves feel useful each time there is some kind of accident, like the recent Hudson river crash that hurt no one. The last crash that killed anyone was back in 2009.

A pretty damn good track record considering there are tens of thousands of flights each month.

The only real problem with the helicopters is the noise. But how can you single helicopters out in a noisy urban environment? What about planes? Trucks? Dogs? Motorcycles? Car stereos?

All this chatter about “safety?” You’re 1000x more likely to get hit by a vehicle in Hoboken than a helicopter flying over. Yeah, “things falling from the sky” sure sounds scary, and is exactly why the politicos love talking about it and holding these press conferences.

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

They can be loud even in mid/western areas where overflights seem unnecessarily risky for such a dense area, if not just plain annoying. Especially early morning, it sounds like the noise bounces off the palisades–usually news choppers on bad traffic days. But riverfront midday gets ridiculous.. sounds like a red bull race event.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Only fair to present the aviation industry side…Jeff Smith, vice president of the eastern regional helicopter council, has issued the following statement:
As a recent NYU study definitively proved, the helicopter industry is a critical contributor to our local economy and – as we witnessed after Superstorm Sandy – to our region’s emergency response services. The report found that the helicopter tourism industry generates more than $33 million in economic activity each year and, as all tour operators are based in New Jersey, supports hundreds of local NY and NJ jobs.

The changes being proposed would significantly alter the federally regulated National Airspace system and harm the local New Jersey economy. Our helicopter owners remain committed to working collaboratively with local officials to find reasonable solutions that don’t strip New York and New Jersey of hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars in revenue and vital emergency response services.

jonsie
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jonsie

I say ban press conferences at city parks. This disrupted my quiet time at the pier today. What a-holes.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Politicians pressing their own agendas. Only the media was their. I guess they go wherever they are paid to go. I don’t see why we pay the Mayor, several of the Administrative staff a police Sargent and a City director to go to press hype. Why??[quote comment=”223567″]I say ban press conferences at city parks. This disrupted my quiet time at the pier today. What a-holes.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Zimmer attempting to sidestep normal procedures and go to the media with outrageous claims again. This time she teams up with another marketer, Brian Wagner of Hoboken. How the hell do we allow direct mail marketers and PR marketers to try to exert so much influence in Hoboken! They need to STFU with their foolishness.[quote comment=”223570″]Politicians pressing their own agendas. Only the media was their. I guess they go wherever they are paid to go. I don’t see why we pay the Mayor, several of the Administrative staff a police Sargent and a City director to go to press hype. Why??[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Yes 411, the pressing safety issue are the bicycles on the sidewalks that interfere in our public right of way and violate the ADA. Under normal circumstances it would not be so bad, but since Zimmer has ins tilled a sense of righteousness in the parents and others who voted for her, the behaviors are such that the pedestrians come second to cyclist on the sidewalks. We have laws that created sidewalks as a safety counter measure for pedestrians and we have spent and plan to spend more on more to accommodate cyclist. Those cyclist need to use the lane space dedicated to them. Inexperience is not an excuse to jump up on a sidewalk with a bike or to violate another’s rights.

CapnJonConnors
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CapnJonConnors

I am usually the one who says “we live in a city, suck it up”, but really, the helo noise blows my mind. Ten years ago, it was just a few news / traffic helos over the tunnel entrances, five years ago, the tourist birds started getting worse, and now you can’t sit by the river and get more than 15 or 20 seconds of quiet… EVER. My wife and I timed it!

I know it’s an urban landscape, but I really get annoyed at the lack of quiet there. And to learn that Brooklyn residents fought and won, we should be able to do the same.

(please note – i served at a Marine Corps Air Station for years, so I have no problem with whirlybirds in general!)

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