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Letter: Cell Tower Should Be Moved to Alternate Site

(Editor’s note: This letter, regarding the monopole cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven, was sent to Eric Engen, senior manager of engineering development at T-Mobile Northeast, LLC and to Laurel Mooney at AG Towers, Inc. on Jan. 31.)

I represent the 7th Senate District in northwest Nassau County which includes the Village of Manorhaven. As I am sure you are aware, the cell tower erected on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven has been the source of a great deal of community concern. As I am also sure you are aware, the cell tower was located and erected in the heart of a residential community, merely feet from neighboring homes.

Having visited the site, I am, quite frankly, stunned that any responsible telecommunications company would locate a tower so as to infringe on a residential community the way that this tower has so clearly done. The concerns voiced by the community and calls opposing the tower are supported by the fact that the tower stands in stark contrast to the residential character of the surrounding area.

The location of a cell tower is strictly within the purview of the village in keeping with its zoning code. Understanding this reality and without undermining that authority, I am hopeful that, given the realities and equities presented in this instance, there is an alternate solution that can be evaluated and pursued. In short, I urge you to consider other sites for this cell tower away from residential communities.

Thank you for your courtesy and anticipated cooperation herein. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or wish to discuss the foregoing.

Jack M. Martins, State Senator