The Port Washington Police District intends to take over operation of the cell phone monopole behind police headquarters when the current lease with Crown Castle, a Houston-based company, ends on May 31, 2012. The district plans to manage the tower on its own, either with the assistance of a consultant or by hiring a private company to assist in negotiating leases with carriers wanting to use the tower.
The current carrier transmitting on the tower is Verizon and they have already approached the district regarding a lease beyond May 31. At the present time, Verizon is the only provider using the tower, but this does not preclude the district from leasing space to other providers as long as it is determined that the tower can accommodate multiple providers without interfering with police communications.
The trustees of the Village of Port Washington North held their annual meeting on April 4. During the meeting, Mayor Robert Weitzner administered the oath of office to Trustees Michael Schenkler and Steve Cohen, who both ran unopposed for re-election.
The purpose of the annual meeting is to make all appointments that are necessary for the seamless administration of the village government. More than 20 appointments were made.
On March 14, RDA Landscape Architects held a public presentation at the Port Washington Public Library to discuss how to enhance the branding of historic lower Main Street through sidewalk and landscape improvements. It was a part of the BID’s effort to help enhance the Main Street shopping and dining experience by reinforcing the character of Main Street through decorative pavement, new plantings, signage and site furniture improvements.
The morning of March 27, 2012 will go down in local history as the first time armed guards and Nassau County police officers were thought to be necessary to protect a contractor’s project in Port Washington.
After a letter sent by Manorhaven village trustees to A.G. Towers on March 23, imploring them to reconsider the cell tower located at Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle, residents and trustees were hopeful that a dialogue might be opened. After four days of silence, A.G. Towers delivered their response. A work crew accompanied by an armed guard and several Nassau County police officers appeared at the site early Tuesday morning, March 27.
In a surprise development on Friday, March 24, the Manorhaven Village Trustees sent a letter to A.G. Towers Inc. asking the company to consider the strong community opposition to the cell phone tower located in Manhasset Isle and move the tower to another site before the tower goes into operation in April. To sweeten the pot, the trustees offered to refund the $117,000 already paid to the village for the land lease.
While the letter acknowledged that a binding land lease exists and that all “litigation in this matter has concluded,” they appealed to A.G. Towers based on the strong community opposition.
On Tuesday morning, March 27, work resumed on the monopole cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle, which is located within the Village of Manorhaven. An armed guard was sent to this location to protect the cell tower site and a village code enforcement was at the scene, as well.
On Sunday, March 18, hundreds of residents marched from Manorhaven Park to the cell tower on Pequot Avenue chanting “No power to the tower.” The crowd grew from approximately 100 people to more than double that number as additional protesters joined the marchers at the cell phone tower.
Several people spoke to the group. Giovanna Giunta, organizer of the march, stressed that the group is not opposed to cell phone towers, just the particular location of the cell tower in Manhasset Isle. The tower appears to be less than 30 feet from the nearest house and gives new meaning to the phrase “not in my back yard.” It is also next to the main water sewer substation and above the main sewer line for the village.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, a children’s book and film, tells the story of two dogs and a cat who travel across the country to be reunited with their beloved owners. In a similar story, animals from North Shore Animal League America have begun their own incredible journey in three mobile adoption units, referred to as “shelters on wheels” that will cover more than 15,000 miles in the search for loving homes.
Of course, the difference between this story and Homeward Bound is that the animals are not embarking on this journey alone—they are being helped by many animal lovers who attended the launch and ribbon-cutting event for the Tour for Life on a sunny, spring-like afternoon in Port Washington on March 14.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
In October of 2011, Manorhaven Mayor Michael T. Meehan issued a statement explaining that his village was ordered by a federal court to allow construction of a cell tower to progress on Pequot Avenue. He said in the statement that Manorhaven had issued a “stop work order” in 2009 to AG Towers, Inc. but as a result of the 2011 ruling, that order was being lifted.
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