One of the city’s most prominent liberal politicians is saying “Not in my backyard” after the city proposed a 32-foot cell phone tower on the Upper East Side.
Representative Jerry Nadler – who wants city officials to close Rikers Island – sign the letter sent to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to reject a dozen telephone towers going up in the historic district along posh Park Avenue, Carnegie Hill and the UES historic district.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, state Sen. The letter was signed by Liz Krueger, Council members Alex Bores and Rebecca Seawright and Council members Keith Powers and Julie Menin.
It is not just the Upper East side that is affected. The administration of Mayor Eric Adams – through the Office of Technology & Innovation – oversees the installation of 2,000 Link5G towers across the city to support services – including 18 in the Community Board 8 in the UES, including 12 in the designated areas.
Nadler said in a statement on Twitter, “Today, I join with my fellow East Coast officials in raising concerns about the installation of these 5G cell towers in an area that we historically have not thought carefully about the impact it has. and community,” Nadler said in a statement on Twitter.
“Although the project seeks to expand the city’s 5G infrastructure, the proposed 32 towers are not compatible with what is on the Upper East Side, and have raised widespread concerns throughout the city,” the letter said.
“We are concerned about going ahead with a project that will have a permanent presence without solid data to support the real need for these towers,” said the pols.
Nadler is representing Manhattan’s Upper East Side and West Side for the first time in consecutive congressional elections last year and after defeating ex-Rep. Carolyn Maloney and the Democratic leader.
The liberal NIMBY campaign to ban cell towers has raised eyebrows and outcries of hypocrisy from other politicians who care about crime and worse life problems.
“A cell phone tower is bad but a prison in Chinatown is good?” said Yiatin Chu, founder and CEO of Asia Wave Alliance.
One of the neighborhood jails will open in Chinatown if the Rikers Island prison complex is closed, as planned.
Political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who lives in the Upper West Side of Nadler’s district, called his opposition to cell towers “hypocritical and ridiculous.”
“We have people washing and urinating on the streets. We have increased crime,” Sheinkopf said.
“Is this the best thing Nadler can do? Opposite cell towers are going up across the country. Only poor neighborhoods should get cell towers? What’s wrong with this guy?
The liberal opposition is reminiscent of when the Kennedy family opposed — and helped defeat — a planned electric power plant near their summer home on Cape Cod.
Adams, when announcing the Link5G program last July said that “Broadband and mobile phone service is not a luxury – it’s a necessity.”
“When it comes to digital jobs, we know that many New Yorkers have been left out,” he said.. “Our administration is committed to changing that and ensuring that all residents of our city have access to technology services, in no matter where they live.”
UES politicians and residents aren’t the only ones freaking out about 5G towers.
Former Knicks basketball star John Starks asked when the city had a 32-foot 5G tower installed smack in front of his Kia dealership in Queens.
A spokesperson for the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation, asked about the criticism from Nadler and other Upper East Side lawmakers, said, “This group believes that digital connectivity is a human right, an important one. to contribute fully to access opportunities in today’s society.
“As part of our country’s ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide, Link5G is ensuring its equitable delivery across the five regions. We congratulate the elected officials and community members for sharing their valuable feedback and look forward to working with them as we move forward with the process of keeping these kiosks.”