Hempstead Approves Tough Cell Tower Measures

BELLMORE, NY (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — After a public hearing, the Town of Hempstead unanimously passed new restrictions on the building of cell phone towers.

New cell towers are now banned within 1,500 feet of a home, a house of worship, a daycare center or a school, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with the new law details
LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with worried residents

Claudia Borecky, President of the North Merrick Civic Association, called the move a step in the right direction.

“Because of this code, I will not wake up and see a cell antennae installed on a pole in front of my bedroom window,” Borecky said.

The new legislation also requires applicants proposing new cell towers to provide a report inventorying existing towers and other alternatives within 2 miles of a proposed tower site.

“This new law gives residents real power in the decision making process on cell tower placement,” Town Supervisor Kate Murray said.

Wireless companies are now faced with a hefty number of new restrictions, which some phone companies are not happy about.

Verizon attorney Al Amato warned the decision could make it impossible to build new towers in the area.

“Probably 99 percent of the entire Town of Hempstead — all wireless facilities will be prohibited,” Amato said.

Joe Baker, President of the South Merrick Civic Association, expressed satisfaction with the restrictions, but wanted to see more.

“We’re in favor of this ordinance, but also concerned about the existing antennas that are in front of homes and schools,” Baker said.

Those existing antennas will be exempt under the new laws, Rivera reported.

Legal challenges to the new statutes are expected.


One Comment

  1. MOMS of Merrick/Bellmore says:

    Its easy to put down people fighting for a cause, hard to actually work on an issue and get something done that is precedent setting, I am proud of all that took their time to get these antennas away from our homes and schoolhouses, we never had bad reception, that’s argument is for uniformed people who dont realize there is no benefit to a DAS anteanna outside their home…perhaps you should get off your butts and fight for something you believe in, fight to get a monopole on your front lawn, I bet you couldn’t even figure out how to do that…we got the power of the people. It’s great.

  2. up urs says:

    yea put a tower in , watch the property values go down, and see the health warnings go up what is wrong with u people????

  3. surfer8210 says:

    There’s more restrictions on cell towers than on sex offenders….!!!

  4. Ihateobama says:

    People want cellular phone service but don’t want the cell sites. The cell companies should ban together and remove cellular coverage form that area. Then let’s see how they feel!

    1. DanTe says:

      Better yet. Continue to charge these imbeciles for cell service. And when they complain about a lack of coverage, point them to their legislature. But just keep taking their stupid money. It’s always a good laugh taking money from stupid.

      1. MOMS OF MERRICK says:

        who complains about Lack of coverage our kindergarten kids? Are they saying I want METRO PCS? That’s the only reason for the antenna in their playground where they play

  5. Nick says:

    I LOVE Hempstead!!!!

    Yes, tear down the existing towers too. And than when you pusillanimous twits complain about reception, the phone company will just install Stronger broadcast equipment in the towers that are still allowed. And no, Stronger radiation equipment is Good for you. HA!

    What a bunch of re t@rds. No wonder Southern LI is considered much like any other southern places – stupid.

  6. NMerrick Resident says:

    I’m sure none of these people have or use cell phones….NIMBY

    1. Moms OF MERRICK says:

      Apples and oranges my N Merrick Friend. I love my cell phone but my 3 year old doesn’t have one. Good for you that we fought to keep them from your home and save your property value, at least thank us for our “nimbyism”.

      who complains about Lack of coverage our kindergarten kids? Are they saying I want METRO PCS? That’s the only reason for the antenna in their playground where they play

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