Aircraft Noise Bill Approved by State Senate

Aircraft Noise Bill Approved by State Senate

By Forum Staff

The State Senate recently approved a bill crafted to impose a noise tax on non-essential helicopter and seaplane flights in New York City, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Woodhaven), co-sponsor of the proposed legislation.

The tax on noise from nonessential seaplane and helicopter flights would amount to $50 per ticketed passenger or $200 per flight, whichever is greater. Tax exemptions for electric-powered helicopters and seaplanes that meet certain decibel thresholds are included. Helicopter and seaplane operators would file quarterly with the Department of Taxation and Finance, with their tax filings and reports remaining confidential except under certain legal or judicial circumstances. Any revenue collected under this new article would be deposited into the Environmental Protection Fund.

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia/Beyond My Ken “In recent years, constituent complaints over the ever-growing noise pollution caused by helicopters and seaplanes have been received by my offices,” Sen. Addabbo said.

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia/Beyond My Ken
“In recent years, constituent complaints over the ever-growing noise pollution caused by helicopters and seaplanes have been received by my offices,” Sen. Addabbo said.

“In recent years, constituent complaints over the ever-growing noise pollution caused by helicopters and seaplanes have been received by my offices,” Addabbo said. “High-decibel noise and vibrations from these aircraft during their takeoffs and landings hundreds of times a week disrupt the daily lives of many New Yorkers, including schools and businesses. Not to mention disrupted sleep patterns caused by the noise negatively impact an individual’s health. I am pleased to support this legislation as a positive step taken by the Senate towards addressing my constituents’ concerns.”

The senator also noted that these types of noise disturbances have been found to have significant health impacts including high blood pressure, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and stress-related conditions such as ulcers.

The bill is now being considered by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

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