It’s An Issue Of Credibility…
By Kendra Hogan and Gary Moll, Candidates for Neptune Township Committee
Since the first Candidates Forum in Neptune Township on September 23rd, one particular issue has been brought to the attention of all of the candidates for Township Committee several times; that of the possible health risks of Verizon’s 5G wireless transmitters. Kendra Hogan & Gary Moll, the Republican candidates, have favored a “go slow” approach citing a number of studies. However, this issue is one where one of their opponents, Carol Rizzo’s credibility comes into question.
At that forum, as well as at others; Rizzo took hard positions; saying that “there is nothing that could be done to stop Verizon, that Neptune must issue the permits.” even to the point of getting angry with a concerned citizen at the Ocean Grove Forum.” In public and on Social Media, Rizzo derides and attacks anyone who raises concerns, claiming they are fear mongering. One comment in particular about the residents of Neptune Township, revealed via an Open Public Records Request (OPRA) shows very poor taste. Quoting Mayor Rizzo, “We haven’t even had an overture from Verizon and the wolves are already baying at my door.” Hogan & Moll believe residents deserve better respect than being likened to howling animals, especially regarding safety issues. Hogan and Moll commented “Mayor Rizzo, residents are not wolves, they are people with serious concerns.”
In talking with those residents as well as experts in the field, Hogan and Moll have learned that FCC rules do NOT mandate municipalities issue such permits; despite Rizzo’s protestations. In fact, Little Silver, Morris Township, and Lavallette have all passed restrictive ordinances as according to 47 USC 253(c) “Nothing in this section affects the authority of a state or local government to manage the public rights of way” According to 47 U.S.C 332, “local authorities have full jurisdiction over placement and construction of telecommunications infrastructure” and Rizzo is clearly wrong on this point.
Of great concern regarding Rizzo’s credibility, on September 15th she tells Neptune Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta and Neptune Attorney Gene Anthony to deny the permits. Then on September 17th, she tells a constituent that they have been approved. Residents deserve to know what prompted the sudden change. Why the rush? Disturbingly, there was also an email exchange with Candidate Robert Lane about the need to “go off- line.” Why the secrecy?
Secondly, Mayor Rizzo lacks credibility with regard to the health risks posed by 5G. At the Ocean Grove forum, Rizzo maintained that there are no studies saying 5g is safe and there are no studies saying it isn’t safe. Several peer reviewed studies do however point to health risks. Studies such as High exposure to RF-Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats, Long Term Exposure to Microwave Radiation Promotes Cancer Growth, and Why Children Absorb more Microwave Radiation than Adults: The Consequences
More revealing, via an OPRA request, Rizzo states that they (Verizon) need to prove SAFETY before responsibly moving forward (with permits) That directly contradicts her statements, both publicly and in writing that the town needs verified proof of HARM before they can act. Rizzo even states in a September 25th email, “Microwave transmissions are different and do cause DNA damage.”
So, which is it Mayor Rizzo? Prove Safety First, which is the responsible thing to do, or expose the public to potentially harmful microwave radiation and deal with the consequences later?
5 G service may or may not be ultimately proven safe. That is why Hogan and Moll are calling for a go-slow approach. Hogan and Moll closed with, “the issue here is the credibility of our opponents, especially that of Carol Rizzo.” She says one thing in public. However, via emails obtained through that very same OPRA request Rizzo shows a completely different position, not just once but several times.
That is what Neptune Residents should be concerned about. Residents should be able to trust our elected officials when they say something. Clearly, Candidate Rizzo shows that she has a lack of credibility on this issue, and who knows what other issues.
In Neptune Township voters should base their decisions on credibility and elect leaders that will take issues and challenges head on, rather than waffle and take two sides of the fence especially where public safety is concerned. Those leaders are Hogan & Moll. They won’t say one thing in public and then take different stances in private.