NYMRAD Applauds Senate Passage of the PIRATE Act

For Immediate Release

January 9, 2020

NY City: Regarding the recent vote by the United State Senate passing the PIRATE Act (S.1228/H.R.583), David Donovan, NYMRAD Coordinator and President of the New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc. (NYSBA) stated:

“NYMRAD/NYSBA thanks the U.S. Senate for its unanimous support of the bipartisan PIRATE Act.   We want to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) for his leadership.  We especially want to thank Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D. NY), who has been at the forefront in trying to resolve the pirate radio problems that plague New York.  We deeply appreciate the efforts of the legislation’s co-sponsors Senator Steve Daines (R. MT) and Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) as well as Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R. MS) and Ranking Member Senator Maria Cantwell (D. WA).  We want to thank Congressman Paul Tonko (D. NY), who championed this issue in the House of Representatives.

Illegal pirate radio stations continue to harm the public living the New York City Tri-State area. They interfere with airport communications; undermine the Emergency Alert Services (EAS); ignore government RF radiation standards; disregard all FCC rules and pay no attention to consumer protection laws.  While pirate radio enforcement has increased under the Administration of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, these tools are necessary to resolve the problem. The time has come for the FCC to regain its authority over FM radio frequencies in New York City and Northern New Jersey.

With this unanimous Senate vote passing the House Bill (H.R. 583), we are one step closer to providing the FCC with the tools it needs to address the growing illegal pirate radio problem.  The House of Representatives already passed the PIRATE Act (H.R. 583) earlier this year.  Because the Senate passed the House version of the PIRATE Act, it has now passed Congress. NYSBA looks forward to working with the White House and respectfully requests that President Trump sign the PIRATE Act into law as soon as possible.” 

For additional information contact David L. Donovan at ddonovan@nysbroadcasters.org