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Cell Tower Situation Still Not Resolved

The Village of Roslyn Harbor board of trustees has approved a new budget for 2013-2014. Now village officials would like to resolve another pressing issue facing Roslyn Harbor: A significant reduction in size of the AT&T cell tower, located on Beech Road.

 

As noted in a recent issue of The Roslyn News, the village, due to the 1996 Federal Communications Act, can’t do anything about the “microwave” tower’s existence, but it can reduce the size.

 

Mayor David Mandell remains optimistic that the situation can be resolved, even though progress is slow. The village is hoping that a meeting with AT&T officials will get executives with that bemouth corporation on board with village desires. Before the village writes a new law on cell tower construction, it wants the cell tower reduced. 

 

The microwave tower, Mayor Mandell has noted, is used for older technology, much of it obsolete. Such structures were built in the pre-cell tower era. Today, the tower, he added, is used strictly for cellular purposes. However, the tower, as the mayor maintains, is “100 feet taller than it needs to be.” The structure currently stands at approximately 290 ft. “It’s an eyesore,” he told The Roslyn News in February. “We want to reduce the size of the tower.” 

 

Ever since the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, villages in Nassau County have had to contend with the construction of cell towers within their borders, even if lawmakers and residents alike express grave concerns about them. That piece of legislation, which was the first overhaul of the nation’s communications law since 1934, allowed for large-scale deregulation of the communications industry.

 

A key provision prevents local jurisdictions from prohibiting the actual placement of such towers. What it does allow for is local ordinances to regulate their placement. Towns and villages, for instance can prohibit towers in residential areas. They can also limit the height of such towers, require security fencing around them and also require a setback distance from adjacent property lines. In towns and villages throughout Nassau County, much of the opposition to cell towers in recent years has been based on health concerns. There is also the matter of placing such towers near public and private schools, the possible negative impact on real estate values and aesthetic concerns.

 

The latter issue is now moving officials in the village to take action.


News

Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.

 

Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.

 

Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



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