City Council to Hold Hearing on Levine Bill to Limit Construction Noise Near Schools

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, June 25, 2015

CONTACT: Tyrone Stevens 917-842-5748 / tstevens@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK — On June 25, 2015 the Committee on Environmental Protection Chaired by Council Member Donovan Richards will hold a hearing on Intro 420, a bill sponsored by City Council Member Mark Levine that would require mitigation of construction noise near schools. The bill would require noise from construction sites within 75 feet of any public or private school to not exceed 45 decibels (dBs) in any classroom during school operating hours. Currently, Intro 420 has more than 20 co-sponsors and has the support of concerned parents, as well as numerous health, legal and noise experts across the city.

Since 2011, construction has disrupted learning at more than 10 NYC public schools impacting more than 6,000 students. Right now, PS 75 and PS 163–elementary schools each serving more than 600 children on the Upper West Side–and the School of the Future, a well regarded middle and high school serving more than 700 students, all face the possibility of future years of loud and dangerous construction next door to their buildings. In 2014 alone, there were at least 880 individual schools located both within 100 feet of a tax lot containing a Building Permit and within 100 feet of a Noise Complaint during school hours.

What: Committee on Environmental Protection hearing on Intro 420 that would require noise from construction sites within 75 feet of any public or private school to not exceed 45 decibels (dBs) in any classroom during school operating hours.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1pm

Where: Committee Room, City Hall

Who: Council Member Levine, Members of the Council Committee on Environmental Protection, medical, legal and noise experts, education advocates and concerned parents