From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the city to alert local communities and their elected officials before a new cell tower or antenna is to be placed on top of a building near residential neighborhoods.
Vallone introduced a bill last week that would include several new requirements for cell phone companies that plan to build towers or antennas on the roofs of buildings. He had first proposed similar legislation six years ago.
“We pushed for the city to list the location of cell antennas and now we are pushing for the community to be notified when carriers are planning to install new antennas,” he said.
The bill would require companies to notify communities when a tower or antenna would be mounted on top of a building, provide the community board and Council member with a written notice before applying for an installation permit with the city Department of Buildings and put an identification number on each antenna to enable residents to link potential concerns to specific equipment.
The companies would also have to prove they first made an effort to install the antenna in a non-residential neighborhood.