Written by Linda Portney Goldstein: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00
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.
Giovanna Giunta, the organizer of the March 18 protest against the cell tower that brought out hundreds of people and once again brought this issue front and center, released a statement, which says in part, “We are encouraged that after three years of resistance our actions have resulted in mobilizing the Manorhaven Board of Trustees to write this letter, however, we are cautious because of our past history with the village. We would like to believe that this letter will be effective. We will keep the pressure on the board and on A.G. Towers and T-Mobile. The residents will not let the cell tower get activated at the current location. An alternative location must be found.” She asked Port Washington residents to sign the online petition (signon.org/sign/ ag-towers-and-t-mobile), which already has 500 signatures.
Village representatives note that last week’s conclusion of the state court proceedings with respect to the cell tower, “provided yet another opportunity to continue the suggestion to move the tower somewhere else. The failure to identify an appropriate alternate site and proceed accordingly in the face of universal opposition by the village community is A.G Towers failure alone.”
Efforts to reach representatives of A.G. Towers were unsuccessful. The phone number for the company was no longer in service and an Internet search for information did not show a company operating under the name.