From the Daily News:
A bill was introduced Wednesday in the City Council to force phone companies to give local communities an early warning when they intend to erect new cell phone antennas - often called towers - in their territory.
That will allow residents or concerned groups to generate "a dialogue" - translation: raise a commotion - with phone companies before the towers are already in place and it's too late to do anything about it.
"New York City has the most lax regulations in the entire country when it comes to the placing of these towers," said the bill's chief sponsor, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D-Queens). "And today, we're doing something about that."
The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 severely restricts what local communities can do about regulating the placement of cell phone towers.
In the city, phone service providers merely negotiate with building owners about the placement of towers and then apply for building permits, which are granted almost automatically, according to Vallone and other sponsors.
The new bill would require the Buildings Department commissioner to set forth general rules about how and where antennas or towers can be erected.
What difference does this bill make if the Board of Standards and Appeals will override the DOB's decision anyway?