File #: Int 0026-2024    Version: * Name: Restricting non-essential helicopter operations at city heliports to helicopters powered fully by electric engines.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Economic Development
On agenda: 2/8/2024
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to restricting non-essential helicopter operations at city heliports to helicopters powered fully by electric engines
Sponsors: Amanda Farías, Farah N. Louis, Lincoln Restler, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Crystal Hudson, Christopher Marte, Shahana K. Hanif, Kalman Yeger , Gale A. Brewer, Robert F. Holden, Alexa Avilés
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Small Business Services to require the New York City Economic Development Corporation to prohibit all non-essential, non-electric helicopter operations at heliports owned or operated by the City.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 26, 2. Int. No. 26, 3. February 8, 2024 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-8-24, 5. Committee Report 4/16/24

Int. No. 26

 

By Council Members Farías, Louis, Restler, Gutiérrez, Hudson, Marte, Hanif, Yeger, Brewer, Holden and Avilés

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to restricting non-essential helicopter operations at city heliports to helicopters powered fully by electric engines

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subchapter 2 of chapter 8 of title 22 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 22-827 to read as follows:

§ 22-827 Heliport operations. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Covered helicopters. The term “covered helicopter” means a rotary-wing aircraft powered by a combustion engine capable of vertical takeoff and landing. Such term does not include helicopters powered fully by electric engines.

Heliport. The term “heliport” means a designated land area used for helicopter operations and any appurtenant areas, including fueling facilities, terminal buildings and maintenance and repair facilities.

Non-essential flight. The term “non-essential flight” means any helicopter flight not conducted by or on behalf of (i) the United States armed forces, (ii) the fire department, (iii) emergency services, including any air ambulance, (iv) the police department or other law enforcement entity, or (v) a newsgathering organization.

Newsgathering organization. The term “newsgathering organization” means an organization or entity that gathers and reports the news by publishing, broadcasting, or cablecasting articles, commentaries, books, photographs, video, film, or audio by electronic, print, or digital media such as radio, television, newspapers, magazines, wire, books, and the internet.

b. The commissioner shall require any contracted entity operating, managing or otherwise responsible for a heliport on any property owned by the city of New York to prohibit covered helicopters from conducting non-essential flights to or from any city-owned heliport.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 180 days after enactment.

 

 

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