Construction Noise Complaints Way Up in New York City: Comptroller

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The number of complaints about construction noise in New York City is way up, according to a new state report.

According to figures from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, nearly 38,000 complaints about construction noise were called into the city’s 311 information line in 2015. That’s up significantly from 2010, when 14,000 complaints were made.

DiNapoli says city officials bear some responsibility for the increase. He says the city has allowed noisy work to continue before and after normal construction hours. He also called on the city to improve its permitting process to ensure construction crews are limiting the noise during off hours.

DiNapoli’s auditors reviewed thousands of complaints and found that nearly 75 percent related to noise problems outside of permitted construction hours.


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