NY Congressman Jerry Nadler has been charged with hypocrisy for opposing cell phone towers in the district.


“It’s not in my backyard,” said one of the city’s most prominent liberal politicians after the city proposed a 32-foot-tall cell phone tower on the Upper East Side.

Congressman Jerry Nadler urges city officials to close Rikers Island — co-signed the letter sent to the City Landmarks Preservation Commission to oppose the 12 cell phone towers that go up the historic district along posh Park Avenue, Carnegie Hill and the UES Historic District.

The letter was co-signed by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblymembers Alex Bores and Rebecca Seawright, and Councilmembers Keith Powers and Councilmember Julie Menin.

The Upper East Side isn’t the only area affected. Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is overseeing the installation of 2,000 Link5G street towers across the city to enhance services through the Office of Technology and Innovation. This includes 18 on Community Board 8 of the UES, including 12 in the Landmark area.

“Today, along with fellow elected officials from the East, I raised concerns about deploying 5G cell towers in our historic neighborhood without carefully considering the impact on the community,” Nadler said in a Twitter statement.


Congressman Jerry Nadler.
Congressman Jerry Nadler opposes a 32-foot cell phone tower on the Upper East Side.
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A 32-foot cell phone tower.
The 32-foot 5G cell phone towers being installed across the city are opposed by Upper East Side residents and politicians.
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“While this project aims to expand the city’s 5G infrastructure, the proposed 32-foot tower does not mix with existing towers on the Upper East Side and has raised widespread concern across the community,” the letter said.

“We are concerned about going ahead with a project that exists permanently without solid data to confirm the actual need for these towers,” police said.

Nadler represented Manhattan’s Upper East Side and West Side for the first time since Congress’ redistricting last year and defeated a former member of Congress. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic primary.


Eric Adams.
Mayor Eric Adams said the installation of a 32-foot-long cell phone base station is needed to bolster broadband service throughout the city.
Stephen Yang

The progressive NIMBY campaign to ban cell phone towers has raised eyebrows and raised cries of hypocrisy from other political activists concerned about crime and more serious quality of life issues.

Yiatin Chu, founder and president of the Asian Wave Alliance, said, “Cell phone towers are nasty, but Chinatown jails are okay?”

When the Rikers Island prison complex closes as planned, one of the neighborhood jails will open in Chinatown.

Hank Sheinkopf, a political consultant who lives in Nadler’s Upper West district, called his opposition to cell towers “hypocritical and outrageous”.

“There are people who urinate in the street. Crime has increased,” Sheinkopf said.

“Is this the best Nadler can do? Opposite cell phone towers rising across the city. Should cell towers be installed only in poor neighborhoods? What’s wrong with this person?”


Cell Phone Tower, John Starks' Kia dealership.
A mobile phone base station was installed in front of Knicks basketball master John Stark’s Kia dealership.
Steve Bargo

The liberal opposition is reminiscent of when the Kennedys opposed and helped defeat a planned electricity-generating offshore wind farm near their summer estate on Cape Cod.

“Accessible broadband and phone service is a necessity, not a luxury,” Adams said when announcing the Link5G program last July.

“When it comes to digital services, we know too many New Yorkers are falling behind,” he said. they live.”

UES politicians and residents aren’t the only ones complaining about 5G towers.

Former Knicks basketball star John Starks objected when the city installed one of the 32-foot 5G towers in front of a Kia dealership in Queens.

Responding to criticism from Nadler and other Upper East legislators, a spokesperson for the City’s Office of Technology and Innovation said, “This administration believes digital connectivity is a necessary human right to fully participate in modern society and access opportunity.

“As part of our city’s ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide, Link5G ensures reliable high-speed network speeds and extended mobile coverage are delivered equitably to the five boroughs. We thank our elected leaders and community members for sharing valuable feedback and we look forward to continuing to engage with them as we continue the kiosk siting process.”


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