Lawmakers, EMS personnel, call for cell service in Palisades dead zone

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BEAR MOUNTAIN – We may be in 2020 with 4-G and 5-G cell service, but the Bear Mountain area along the Palisades Interstate Parkway still has no cell phone service and area lawmakers and EMS officials are calling for that to be remedied ASAP.

They gathered at the Anthony Wayne Recreation area on Thursday to drive their message home.

State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet), said enough is enough. “We are asking Verizon to put people before profits. They have had approval for almost two years to build a cell tower, to have coverage here in Harriman State Park and the Palisades Interstate Parkway and still they drag their feet,” he said.

Senator James Skoufis (D, Woodbury) recounted how he had to hitchhike from the parkway to Woodbury when his car broke down because there was no cell service. “That is emblematic of how important this real basic issue is to thousands of people who live in our area,” he said.

Tuxedo Volunteer Ambulance Corps President John Kilduff said it is “a disgrace that this dead zone has been here for such a long time over an expansive area.”

Woodbury Town Supervisor Frank Palermo said the lack of service is “a matter of life and death.”