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- The White Plains Common Council will vote on a new telecommunications code regarding the installation of new “small cell” antennas required for the deployment of 5G technology. The proposed code is said by some critics to be weak, providing no protections for residents. It enables telecoms to install their powerful cell antennas next to homes, schools, play areas and houses of worship in residential neighborhoods exposing residents especially children to nonstop radiofrequency radiation. Critics of the proposal advise that many of these concerns raised will leave the City open to potential liability because the giant telecoms promoting 5G technology have been unable to obtain liability insurance against health claims. Concerns about potential health problems have been growing since a 2018 study by the National Institutes of Health that found that exposure to RF radiation – the kind emitted by wireless antennas – caused an increase in cancer and DNA damage in lab animals. The ten-year, $30 million dollar study was the most comprehensive ever conducted, and was designed to determine whether or not such radiation could cause biological harm. The results confirmed thousands of smaller, independent studies. Even though a revised Transcript of Proposed Enhanced Telecommunications Code for City of White Plains has been published by WPCNR, why the last minute change; is there a basis for urgency? If so, what is it. And lastly, does the White Plains Common Council membership have the technological acumen to override insurance carriers not willing to sell liability insurance with respect to this technology?
- The Board of the Gedney Association had in March 2021 unanimously voted to firmly oppose the proposed rezoning at 701 Westchester Avenue to permit a 360 unit apartment complex. They strongly agree with the Old Oaks Association, The North Street Civic Association, the Rosedale Residential Association, and our neighbors in Havilands Manor in insisting that this rezoning be rejected. We learn the rationale the neighborhood associations espouse and balance it against the basis for Common Council’s desire to approve.
Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst/Pundit speaks to the following issues/concerns:
- Presumed media insiders have gleaned chatter that suggests that as the current term of the Supreme Court comes to an end within a few weeks, Justice Stephen Breyer, 82, is seriously considering stepping down by the summer of 2021. Should Justice Breyer step down, will that afford President Biden an opportunity to designate a “progressive” Democrat so as not to repeat Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s miscalculation in her departure by her choosing rather than by her demise which begat Justice Amy Coney Barrett? Despite Breyer’s good health, will his departure be a gift or a coercive demand by the Biden Administration?
- West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat on Friday divulged that he did not support the D.C. statehood bill, a blow to advocates pushing to make it the 51st state after the legislation passed the House last week. Manchin advised, “If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment … and let the people of America vote.” Manchin is the first Democratic senator to come out against the D.C. statehood bill, whereas Republicans are united against it. What is the takeaway revealed by Sen. Manchin’s stated intention? Will it serve him in a manner not yet known, or is it credible and legal demand for constitutional amendment?
- The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NBC News on Saturday retracted their previously issued and incorrect assertion that significant corrections, retracting their previous reporting that the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had been directly warned by the FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign. The stories came out after Giuliani’s office and residence were raided by the FBI on Thursday advising that the searches were linked to a criminal probe of the former mayor’s business dealings in Ukraine and resulted in the seizure of several communications devices. How did these “august” media outlets stumble on they facts. Were they play? Why? And if so, do we know who or what organization as behind it?
Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor reveals a panoply of hyperlocal, county, state, national, and international concerns with commensurate analysis.