FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSIONER CHRISTOPHER O. WARD ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL NOISE CODE
Overhaul will Address One of New York’s Most Vexing Problems
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Christopher O. Ward today proposed legislation, which would provide the first comprehensive overhaul of the New York City Noise Code in over 30 years. The announcement was made at in Astoria Park in Queens, where Mayor Bloomberg launched the quality of life initiative Operation Silent Night, in October, 2002. Noise is the number one complaint to the City’s 311 citizen service hotline currently averaging nearly 1,000 calls a day. The proposal provides a flexible rationale to keep New York’s businesses thriving while addressing the number one quality of life complaint in New York. The Mayor was joined by Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Councilmember James F. Gennaro, Nancy Nadler, Director of Development, League for the Hard of Hearing, Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director, New York Nightlife Association, Frances X. McArdle, Managing Directing, The General Contractors Association of New York, and Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York.
“This new proposal is the first overhaul of the Noise Code in over thirty years and will maintain our City’s vibrancy by balancing the need for construction, development and an exciting nightlife with New Yorkers well deserved right to peace and quiet,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Building on the success of our enforcement initiative, Operation Silent Night, we are proposing a comprehensive revision to the noise code that will make New York quieter and more livable without stifling growth. This legislation is the result of a tremendous collaboration. DEP worked not only it’s partners within government but with all interested parties including the construction, real estate and nightlife industries. I thank all those who contributed to this important piece of legislation.”
The new Noise Code will remove outdated code sections and replace them with ones that use the latest acoustic technology and will provide for flexible and reasonable enforcement.
The legislation focuses on five areas:
“Today the City is proposing a comprehensive change to our urban environment which not only marks a new law but demonstrates that government and business can reach mutual goals for the quality of life for all who live and work in this great City,” said Commissioner Ward. “A new noise code will signify that New York can be the environmental leader for the whole country.”
“Noise is the biggest source of complaints to my district office-from motorcycles to car alarms to loud music, and I am happy to have been able to work with the Mayor to send an even louder message, it will no longer be tolerated,” said Councilmember Vallone.
“The League for the Hard of Hearing applauds Mayor Bloomberg and his administration for developing this proposed Noise Code that will both meet the needs of the people of New York, and preserve those things that we love about this vibrant City, “ said Nancy Nadler of the League for the Hard of Hearing. “Noise has consistently been the leading quality of life issue in New York and we are proud to have been part of what has turned out to be an unprecedented example of community groups, professional organizations and city agencies working together to improve the quality of life of the citizens of New York.”
“The New York Nightlife Association applauds the administration’s efforts to work with the nightlife industry on this proposal,” said Bob Zuckerman of the Nightlife Association. “Working with the Department of Environmental Protection has been a major step toward regulatory reform. We appreciate that the proposal seeks a balance between the concerns of our neighbors and the needs of this vital industry in New York City”
“We applaud the Administration’s efforts to include the construction industry in the development and consideration of the new noise code standard,” said Frances McArdle of the General Contractors Association. “We will work towards a reasoned approach to controlling noise in our City”
“The Real Estate Board of New York has been working with the City towards rational requirements relating to noise that will permit us to continue to grow while making the City more livable, “ said Steven Spinola of the Real Estate Board of New York.
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Charles Sturcken (DEP)
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