2002-10-10 / From The Mayor...

From The Mayor’s Desk...

From The Mayor’s Desk...

Operation Silent Night:

Improving Quality Of Life

The number one complaint to the NYPD’s Quality of Line Hotline is not squeegee men. It’s not prostitution. It’s not drug dealing. Far and away, the most vexing concern for New Yorkers is that there is too much disruptive noise in our communities. In fact, noise complaints made up nearly eighty-three per-cent of the calls received by the hotline last year, and the problem is getting worse. In the last nine months, 93,000 noise complaints have already been made.

In response to this escalating clamor, a new quality of life initiative took effect last Friday that aims to control unreasonable noise in neighborhoods throughout the City. It’s called "Ope-ration Silent Night" and it will help make sure that noisy New Yorkers start keep-ing it down!

The first phase of this coordinated, multi-agency effort will specifically target twenty-four locations identified as "high-noise zones" by the NYPD—the areas where people’s lives are af-fected the most. Selection was based on the high volume of noise complaints from these areas to the Quality of Life Hot-line, as well as information provided by local police precincts. Looking at these zones on a map shows us that disruptive noise pollution is clearly a citywide problem. The locations of the ini-tial crackdown include: Soundview in the Bronx; Flatbush in Brooklyn; Green-wich Village in Manhattan; St. George in Staten Island; and Astoria in Queens.

Operation Silent Night is a long-term effort—additional zones will be identified and targeted throughout the five boroughs in subsequent phases of the program. It’s also a top priority for the NYPD. The Executive Officer in each zone’s precinct will oversee the initiative to make sure noise issues are be-ing addressed. Police, working with other agencies, will use sound meters, vehicle checkpoints and aggressive summons operations to crack down on ex-cessive noise and make these communities more peaceful.

Operation Silent Night is part of the NYPD’s broader commitment to continue to prevent quality of life infractions in New York City. As we continue to attack offenses like graffiti and aggressive panhandling, we must also target other recurring problems that im-pair New Yorkers’ quality of life. Blar-ing music from clubs and car stereos—loud and unruly bar patrons—the roar of speeding motorcycle engines and the continuous din of honking horns —all come together to create the sense of disorder that can lead to more serious crime.

So by making New York the most livable big City, Operation Silent Night can also help it remain the safest. To report loud, excessive, or disruptive noise, please call the NYPD’s Quality of Life Hotline at (888) 677-5433.

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