Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said it was important to work with New York representatives to coordinate an end to the tour helicopters.
“New York doesn’t want these helicopters, and New Jersey doesn’t want them either,” she said.
Menendez said the noise produced the choppers is intolerable for residents and businesses.
“I’ve lived here,” said Menendez. “I’ve heard it and it is as constant and as drumming and as consequential in its daily reality as anyone can possibly imagine.”
The helicopters are a potential safety issue as well as a noise issue. Menendez mentioned three crashes involving in recent years, including one collision between a tourist helicopter and small plane over the Hudson near Hoboken that left nine people dead.
The incessant drone of rotors was no mere theoretical concept. At least 12 were heard during the first 40 minutes of the press conference.
"They’re cooperating,” joked Menendez.
Also at the conference were Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, West New York Mayor Dr. Felix Roque, Bayonne Mayor James Davis, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drascheff, and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano.
Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-West New York), Cosmo Cirillo, Chief of Staff to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), and Mark Albiez, Deputy Chief of Staff to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, were also on hand.
Robert Gottheim, the District Director for Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), was the only New York representative. Nadler’s district includes the Manhattan waterfront across from Hoboken.