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Sunday, February 9, 2014
The Bill to Limit Hours of Construction
While the TA proclaimed that Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez introduced legislation this February to limit construction hours during normal non-work hours, a similar or the same bill was up before the council last year, in November. Garodnick and Mendez were also sponsors of that legislation, as was Gale Brewer, the current Manhattan Borough President.
Here's a New York Post article from November 2, 2013:
What happened to the proposal? It died without a date for it being taken up again (Sine die).
Now the legislation is back, and this time we should push our elected officials to make sure that it doesn't get delayed again and that it becomes law, so that residents of all places in New York won't be harassed by construction noise during normal off-work hours unless an emergency dictates otherwise. I don't know how the legislation is written (yet), but it may be prudent to also limit current weekday hours for construction. Having construction start at 7am and finish at 6pm (the current legal time-period) is too expansive. That morning hour should be moved up to at least 8am, if not 9am. Let's make New York a bit more habitable for its residents.
This blog will be keeping an eye out for what happens to this proposal. The good news is that there are more city council sponsors of this legislation than before.
You can, and should, send your love letters of support to the sponsors by Googling their contact info. Make sure this legislation is not forgotten again. And here are the current sponsors of the legislation:
As for weekend Sat/Sun construction, that should be forbidden in residential areas. This community has suffered for many years with allowances for construction work on Saturday.
And this is where you report possibly illegal construction noise: