In her veto message Hochul explained, “Regulation of aircraft and airspace is primarily a federal responsibility, and federal law significantly constrains the state’s ability to legislate in this area. Certain elements of this legislation run counter to the federal scheme regulating New York’s airports and airspace.”
Supporters of the bill hoped that the threat of lawsuits would reduce the number of revenue-generating sightseeing flights and thus squelch the rising number of noise complaints from local residents.
“On behalf of our nearly 10,000 New York members, AOPA thanks Governor Hochul for her leadership vetoing the ’Stop the Chop‘ legislation, Senate Bill 7493-A, and for her recognition of the state’s limitation on enacting local restrictions on flight activity”, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager. “The governor’s action to stop this bill will help to preserve the vitality of New York’s general aviation industry, which supports $79.9 billion in annual economic impact.”