Stop loud boom parties now


Staten Island is looking to Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage for relief from the “plague” of boom parties blasting noise across the body of water separating the two states.

Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon sent a letter to Bollwage about the loud gatherings, which McMahon said are happening “almost every night” in Elizabeth and can be heard on Staten Island, 5 miles away. across the Arthur Kill waterway.

Boom parties are gatherings of large bands that blast music from massive speakers. Water tends to carry noise beyond the party venue.

“We have all heard from constituents in the borough who have reported loud, repetitive music shaking their home, keeping them awake at night, and significantly impacting their quality of life,” according to the letter from McMahon, which was also signed by the Borough of Staten Island. President, US Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, RN.Y., and other lawmakers.

Noise ordinances in the books

The letter highlights noise ordinances in Elizabeth that prohibit noise above 50 decibels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Elizabeth police must enforce the law.

“We must reject the idea that there is nothing that can be done to stop those who gather night and night to hold these ‘parties’. While we recognize that the Elizabeth Police Department has made efforts to address this problem, to date they have unfortunately not been successful. We urge you and them to do more to end this scourge,” the letter reads.

A city spokeswoman responded in one sentence to the letter.

“The City of Elizabeth is aware of the issue and our Code Enforcement Office and Police Department are working on it.”

It’s also happening in New Jersey

New Jersey was on the receiving end of boom parties earlier this summer with music carrying across the Delaware River to Bordentown and Cinnaminson Township.

State Sen. Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, said he met with Philadelphia city officials in April and made sure they would take action to resolve the issue. Cinnaminson Police Chief Richard Calabrese will meet with city officials via Zoom on Friday to discuss progress.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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