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Letter: Relocate the Manorhaven Cell Tower

(Editor’s note: This letter, regarding the monopole cell tower at 41 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. 23.)

I am the newly-elected councilwoman for the Town of North Hempstead, District 6. My district includes the Village of Manorhaven, the site of a proposed cell tower.

Over the last several weeks, numerous constituents have reached out to me regarding concerns over the installation of the above cell tower. As you are aware, the residents of homes adjacent to the cell tower object to the completion of the tower. They would prefer the cell tower be relocated to a place which is not in the center of a residential neighborhood.

I am familiar with the various court proceedings and have reviewed the decision of the federal court judge recently issued. I am further aware that there is an action pending before Judge Winslow in Supreme Court, Nassau County. I realize that there is a contract in place which was authorized by the prior mayor and village trustees. I also appreciate that this matter has been in litigation for several years and that your companies have expended resources in starting the construction of the cell tower and participating in the various lawsuits filed.

I enclose copies of the following documents:

1. Copies of petitions in opposition to the cell tower containing 144 signatures, including names, addresses, dates of signature and phone number of signers.

2. Copies of various letters to the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation from various community members.

3. An affidavit of Angela Militana submitted in the state action commenced against the village. The affidavit makes various allegations about the safety of the cell tower.

These documents were given to me by the complaining constituents. I have been advised that the owners of “Execution Rock” have reached out to various village officials including Mayor Michael T. Meehan about relocating the cell tower to their location. I have not spoken directly to these individuals and I am not aware of your response, if any, to this proposal.

The purpose of this letter is to reach out to you, as the new councilwoman, to explore the possibility of relocating the cell tower to a different location which will produce less public opposition. I do not wish to usurp the authority of the Village of Manorhaven, its mayor or trustees. I seek merely to open a dialogue with the hope of arriving at a mutually beneficial solution.

Please advise me of your position as soon as possible.

Dina DeGiorgio, Councilwoman, Town of North Hempstead