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Letter to the Citizens of Bronxville from Mayor Mary Marvin PDF Print Email

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To the Citizens of Bronxville:


Apr. 3, 2019:  Thank you. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor for another term. Your support means everything. I am honored, humbled, and filled with gratitude. Your faith in me drives me to want to excel every day in representing you with intellect and compassion, for I truly have the dream job – on a daily basis I speak with the most engaging senior citizens; talk to students from high school that I consider my friends; hear wonderful high-pitch hellos from second-grade pals, and speak with the most informed and often most patient residents I know, truly some of the finest people to cross my path.

Together we must preserve our village and treasure all of its intangibles – the way we look out for each other with no fanfare; the civility in which we conduct our discourse; the smiles and hellos on the sidewalks; and the compassion for those in need of our help.

Embrace our smallness – our collective love, respect, and compassion.

Aesop said, “A man is known by the company he keeps.” How blessed are we in Bronxville.

With enduring friendship,

Mary Marvin


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Letter to the Editor: Perception Creates Reality--A Realtor’s Opinion on Cellular Facilities and Property Values PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Apr. 3, 2019:  On Wednesday, April 10, the Bronxville Village Planning Board will examine and discuss the application by New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) to install a cellular facility atop the elevator tower at 7 Pondfield Road adjacent to the Gramatan Court condominium townhouses. I’ve been asked, “Will there by any negative impact to the salability and value of these condos?” The short answer is, yes.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has a substantial archive of resources for its members regarding all things housing, including case studies about the impact on home values in proximity to cell towers/facilities.

This is just a couple of items that my research in the NAR archives has returned:  An article displayed by NAR and published in Realtor Magazine unequivocally states, “An overwhelming 94 percent of home buyers and renters surveyed by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) say they are less interested and would pay less for a property located near a cell tower or antenna.”

And this: An article titled "Property Values, Desirability and Cell Towers" clearly states, “Mike Abrahamse, from Rawson properties: 'while it was hard to pinpoint the impact of cell towers had on property values, a buyer would rather buy a property where no such structure is visible, and while the jury might still be out on whether cell tower radiation was a health threat, the perception that it might be, was, in itself, enough to deter buyers.'" 

In light of these sentiments, I cannot possibly advise that the erection of the cellular facility would have a positive impact on property values. Luxury communities throughout Westchester County, including Bronxville Village, over the last several years have experienced increased inventory of homes for sale, downward pressure on pricing (as expected in a supply-and-demand world) and decreases in both the number of homes sold as well as the median sale price.

Though I certainly am not qualified to weigh in on the perceived health risks of proximity to cell towers/facilities, I can comment with authority that buyers weigh the existence of, and proximity to, these cellular facilities when making home-buying decisions. And it is the buyers’ decision-making that determines the value of any given property. Inarguably, buyer perception creates reality, and it is their perceptions that could decrease the desirability and value of properties like Gramatan Court.

Please, Bronxville Planning Board, do no harm to Bronxville real estate.

Leah Caro
President, Park Sterling Realty

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Letter to the Editor: Village Should Take Leadership Role in Managing Cell Phone Antenna Issue PDF Print Email

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To The Editor:


Mar. 27, 2019:  As longtime residents of Bronxville, we are writing to voice our concern about the cell phone antennas AT&T/Cingular is seeking to install on the elevator tower at 7 Pondfield Road.

As shown by the standing-room-only crowd at the most recent meeting of the planning board, there are many village residents who share our concern. (To the planning board's credit, it postponed any decision-making due to lapses in the notification process, giving affected residents more time to study AT&T’s proposal and assess the impact of the new construction.)

While we recognize the need for high-quality cell phone service, we do not believe that putting the antennas of a single carrier in a single location will meet the long-term needs of this village. At present, at least three different telecom providers have antennas atop Lawrence Hospital, which has apparently decided that it no longer wants them there. If so, the village will face relocation controversy over and over again once leases run out for the respective companies.

Typical municipal guidelines ordain that cell phone antennas be placed in the following areas, in order of preference: co-location with an existing tower, municipal property, industrial property, light industrial property, business district. 

By choosing the tower at 7 Pondfield Road, AT&T is aiming at the very last choice on this list – and it’s a choice that, although zoned for commercial use, is closely bordered by residential buildings, a church, and an elementary school.

We believe it is now up to the Village of Bronxville to take a leadership role in managing this problem – as it has done successfully so many times in the past. It appears that AT&T’s current lease is renewable on a month-to-month basis, giving all interested parties a terrific opportunity to get this project done right. A single carrier in a single location amounts to kicking the can down the road. We can do better than that.

Nancy and David Snell

 
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Letter to the Editor: AT&T Should Not Be Allowed to Put Antennas on Gramatan Tower PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Mar. 6, 2019:  As a (nearly) lifelong resident of Bronxville, I am writing to express my concern about the cell phone antennas that AT&T/Cingular proposes to construct on top of the elevator tower at 7 Pondfield Road. My wife and I along with our three young sons live very close to this tower – a mere 100 feet from the proposed antennas.

AT&T’s original submission on Radio Frequency (RF) states: “Using upper limit assumptions for AT&T equipment configurations the cumulative radio-frequency exposure levels would be less than 1% of the applicable FCC standards at all locations of public access.” A subsequent submission states that one location is above the 1% mark. That’s where I live and it’s 7.9%.

The FCC says cell phone antennas are safe, but all of the documentation I’ve read in the AT&T proposal is based on radiation that reaches someone on the ground. My family and I live much closer than these presumed pedestrians and we live here all the time.

Is microwave radiation really safe? Noted scientists and doctors from around the world do not think so. In fact, a number of our government departments have expressed concerns with the FCC, which is clearly industry-influenced.

Aside from safety concerns, I also take issue with the aesthetic impact the proposed cell tower raises. We live in a beautiful village with amazing architecture. AT&T’s plans call for a significant change in the size of the tower top along with some change in the roofline that is not entirely clear. This is something that needs further review to ensure that we don’t mar the skyline of downtown Bronxville.

Finally, my neighbors and I are concerned about protecting the value of our homes. What prospective buyer would want to live this close to a cell phone tower? If the cell phone maps are correct, I can’t find any towers that are located within residential areas in Bronxville. If this was proposed for the top of Crow’s Nest would it have even made it this far in the process?

To sum up, I believe that AT&T should find a solution that doesn’t have antennas bombarding our homes with RF. Surely there are more suitable locations. I find it interesting that multiple co-ops in Bronxville have already turned them down. Could the village not put up a dedicated cell phone tower at village hall and collect the fees to support our local government instead of enriching commercial property owners to the detriment of our health and property values?

Robert W. Deichert Jr.

 

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Letter to the Editor: George Kooluris on Pedestrian Safety PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Dec. 12, 2018:  Was most appreciative to learn from chief of police that reflective armbands are available at the police station. Crossing village streets at night is particularly difficult for our senior citizens and those that are handicapped. At an advanced age or with a physical disability it takes longer to cross the street, and some drivers express their impatience in dangerous ways to these individuals. I would like to formally request that the village give serious consideration to either extending the time lights in the business district changing to a four-way stoplight system in town, even if just in the evening when the danger to pedestrians is greatest.

George Kooluris 

 
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