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Ban is sought on Hudson River helicopter tours

By: The Associated Press
August 8, 2014 Updated: August 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey joined local officials Friday to call for a ban of tourist helicopter flights on both sides of the Hudson River. Officials say they are a threat to the quality of life and public safety of residents along the waterfront.

Their news conference was punctuated by the sounds of helicopters overhead.

Menendez says he plans to introduce legislation if state and federal authorities can't come up with a solution.

Menendez and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires last year reached an agreement to reduce the hours and number of helicopter tours operating out of a heliport in Jersey City after residents complained about noise and safety.

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