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Lawmakers, Parents Call for New Regulation on Construction Near Schools

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Lawmakers and parents rallied Tuesday to make sure city students are protected from construction noise near their schools.

Dozens of parents joined City Comptroller Scott Stringer and others outside P.S. 163 in Manhattan to show support for Intro 420.

The bill, which was put forth by Councilman Mark Levine in July, would require construction sites next to public schools to keep noise below 45 decibels—40 decibels below volume that can cause permanent hearing loss.

Earlier this year, work began on a 20-story nursing home right next to P.S. 163.

"All the noise from pile drivers and backhoes and jackhammers, the danger of falling objects and cranes overhead—that is simply not an environment conducive to learning," Levine said.

"We know this is New York, and buildings go up everyday. Our concern is the fact that our children are next door," said parent Marlene Pratt.

Jewish Home Lifecare, the owners of the site, say they will go "Above and beyond" requirements to minimize noise, dust and traffic while building. Construction is expected to last up to three years.

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