New York City Economic Development Corporation

Downtown Manhattan Heliport: Safety and Security (Follow-Up Report)

The Downtown Manhattan Heliport is one of three public heliports in New York City. The Heliport, which is managed by a private company pursuant to a lease agreement with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, is used by sightseeing, corporate and charter helicopter carriers. The Heliport also hosts passenger shuttle flights to Kennedy Airport. The Heliport is required to file a security plan with the Federal Transportation Security Administration. In audit 2007-S-7, we examined the Heliportís compliance with this plan as well as other safety and security-related practices, and found that certain improvements were needed. When we followed up on these matters with New York City Economic Development Corporation officials, we found that some progress had been made in the implementation of our audit recommendations, but additional actions were still needed. Due to the sensitivity of the information, our detailed audit findings and recommendations were not included in either our original audit report or our follow-up report.

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