NEW YORK - The New York City Council has reached a deal with helicopter operators to slash the number of tourism flights over the city, impacting New Jersey residents who live across the river.

Under a deal between the city and the Helicopter Council, the number of flights over the Hudson River will be cut by 50 percent by 2017.

The deal also calls for a ban on tourist choppers on Sundays, starting in April.

There have long been complaints of noise and environmental pollution by residents along the Hudson River.

"It's not fair to the residents of a West New York and neighboring towns like Weehawken and Hoboken," says West New York Mayor Felix Roque.

Helicopter companies will also have to provide monthly reports on flights.