Health Risk: Cell phone tower to be constructed in Teatown (Croton on Hudson, NY)

Frank Franco
Frank Franco 11 Comments
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Updated: November 5, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

As you may already know, Verizon is proposing a cell tower that could be up to 196 feet tall (18 stories) on the Danish Home property. This development on the Danish home property would have an enormous impact on the environment, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the community as a whole.

Items to consider:

  • The proposed cell tower design would loom over the tree tops and be visible from many of the area’s gems such as the Croton Dam, the Croton Aqueduct and Teatown Lake Reservation trails- especially during the 6 months when there are no leaves on the trees.
  • Co location is available on route 129 near Platinum Auto Body and at the Croton Municipal Building at 1 Van Wyck Street that could provide additional coverage but Verizon does not wish to spend money to co-locate. Another alternative would be for Verizon to locate their equipment on the existing utility transmission lines.
  • Cell towers are a fire hazard in a community without fire hydrants. Cell towers do catch fire and adding an additional fire risk to our community is un-called for when there are alternatives.
  • The potential health issues due to cell tower radiation - studies indicate that people living less than 2,000 feet from a cell tower can increase their chances of cancer from 2 to 4 times.
  • Due to the above concerns, cell towers reduce the property values of neighboring houses, make them more difficult to sell, and ultimately reduce property tax revenue. This is why other Westchester communities do not allow this in residential areas.
  • Allowing a special permit for this cell tower in our residentially zoned area establishes precedence for adding more commercial installations in the future thus threatening our residential atmosphere.
11-5 Update:Thank you to those who spoke at the last meeting. Nothing new was presented by Verizon at the last meeting. We still maintain our positions: Co-locate the tower elsewhere, the tower is a fire hazard, and this is residentially zoned property and no place for a cell tower. The next board meeting is at 7pm on 11/16/16 at the Cortlandt Town Hall. We urge you to contact the Town Zoning Board (KenH@townofcortlandt.com) and consider attending and/or speaking at the upcoming Town Board meeting scheduled for 11/16/16 at 7:00 PM. (Please see the town of Cortlandt website for future meeting schedules http://www.townofcortlandt.com ).


Some other reading material on cell towers:

Here's some documentationon the impact of cell phone towers on health.


Cell phone tower heath impact documents

http://electromagnetichealth.org/wp-content/upload...

  • Karen Wells
    Karen Wells United States, Hilton Head Island
    Jan 03, 2017
    Jan 03, 2017
    Bald Eagles nest in this area and according to Federal guidelines the building of a cell tower in such a habitat is NOT the thing to do.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct 05, 2016
    Oct 05, 2016
    Please do not allow the cell tower on the Danish Home property. The potential health hazards to this residential are are serious. A cell tower is also a fire risk that should not be taken in an area where home insurance is already high due to the lack of fire hydrants. These are just a few of the many reasons for concern, not to mention how unsightly an 18 story structure in the middle of this beautiful, residential area would be. It would devalue all of the property in the vicinity. This would be incredibly unfair to the families who have lived and payed taxes here for many years.
  • Mary Picayo
    Mary Picayo United States, Montrose
    Oct 05, 2016
    Oct 05, 2016
    I urge you to deny the celltower at the proposed location on the Danish Home Property. It would be a disaster for this residential community.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 19, 2016
    Sep 19, 2016
    Verizon, leave well enough alone.
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