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Holden, Vallone look to quiet noise

Councilmen introduce bill that would increase fines for violations

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30 am

Councilmen Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) are looking to increase the minimum and maximum fines for certain noise violations.

Introduced to the City Council on Oct. 30, Int. 1782 targets the penalties for excessive noise from a personal audio device on or inside a motor vehicle. The fine for a first offense would be increased from $100 to $200, while the fine for a third offense would increase from $1,000 to $2,100.

Vallone spoke about the quality of life being disturbed by car owners with vehicles equipped with “excessive sound systems” in parks and other public spaces.

“Doubling these noise penalties will pressure drivers to think twice about being a bad neighbor and send a clear message that this quality of life disruption will not be tolerated,” he said in a statement.

Holden said his constituents are frustrated when they hear music blasting from miles away.

“It’s also extremely dangerous to drive while playing music so loud that you can’t hear sirens or horns from other motorists, jeopardizing everyone’s safety,” Holden said in a statement.

Both lawmakers have dealt with noise complaints for months. Holden thanked the 102nd Precinct in April for sending cops to the Forest Park bandshell parking lot, where music had been blasting from cars.

Northern Queens has had issues as well.

“People are literally moving out of their neighborhood because they can’t take the music anymore,” We Love Whitestone Civic Association President Alfredo Centola told the Chronicle in May.

Vallone had introduced a bill in September aimed at increasing fines for excessive noise from a motor vehicle. Under the legislation, car operators found to be emitting excess noise from their motor vehicle would face a minimum $300 fine, up from $150, and a maximum $1,050 fine, up from $525, for their first violation. A second and third violation would trigger a minimum $600 and $900 fine and a maximum $2,100 and $3,150 fine, respectively.

A spokesperson for Vallone said the bill co-sponsored with Holden amends a different part of the NYC Administrative Code. But the text of each bill says it pertains to Section 1. Table I of paragraph 5 of subdivision b of section 24-257 of the code.

The September bill Vallone co-sponsored with Holden and Councilman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) focused on excessive noise from motor vehicles 10,000 pounds or less, excessive noise from motor vehicles 10,000 pounds or more, unauthorized use of motor vehicle claxons and unauthorized use of motor vehicle air horns or gongs.

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