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Letter: Walls Around Cell Tower Violate Village Code

(Editor’s note: this letter was sent to Steven Leventhal, the attorney who represented the Village of Manorhaven in the lawsuit brought against the village by AG Towers in 2009 regarding the stop-work order. It was also sent to Port Washington News for publication. Leventhal has sent two letters over the past few weeks to William D. Wexler, the attorney representing AG Towers, in an attempt to bring discussions regarding relocation of the cell tower back to the table.)

Following a conversation with David L. Mammina, R.A., superintendent of buildings for the Village of Manorhaven, we are advised to contact you directly in regards to a violation of the village code and permit by AG Towers, so that you may take the proper legal step to eliminate the violation.

We did call you several times and left numerous messages, to no avail. We have no further option but to write this letter.

With respect to the construction of the cell tower on 41 Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle, please be aware that while Judge Hurley allowed AG Towers to complete construction of the tower, he did not make any reference to the walls around the tower. As Mr. Mammina and other village officials are well aware, the walls are encroaching into the side yard, alongside the Militana’s property, anywhere from 2 feet to 8 inches, in clear violation of the zoning and the variance issued by the village. AG Towers obtained a permit, which contemplated a side yard of 5 feet. Any deviation from this dimension constitutes a violation of the zoning ordinance and any variances obtained.

As you are well aware, the court left intact the power of the village to enforce compliance with its laws and regulations for “construction standards and procedures,” and since the location of the walls does not conform to those laws and procedures, we expect you to take the right step to amend the violation. It would not be a great hardship for AG Towers to correct the violation in respect to the village code and ordinance.

We brought this up weeks ago in a meeting with Mr. Mammina. Unfortunately, we have been getting resistance from the village in pursuing this issue and so it appears that the village has aligned itself with AG Towers to the detriment and over the objections of the residents instead of ensuring that the village code and permits are intact.

Kindly respond so we can share your perspective with the residents of Manorhaven and hopefully resolve this matter in a timely fashion.

Mark Lazarovic
Giovanna Giunta
Dorit Farrington

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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