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HEMPSTEAD / Cell antennas in Garden City denied

Hempstead's Board of Zoning Appeals has denied a request from T-Mobile Northeast to install wireless communication antennas on the roof of a Garden City building.

The decision relied in part on a review by the town's newly hired wireless communications expert. In denying the application, the board considered the effects on residents and neighborhood character near the Nassau Boulevard building, but also found that T-Mobile Northeast failed to show that a gap in local cell serviced existed.

The decision follows the town's recent denial of a proposal to install cell antennas on the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center in Wantagh.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the Board of Appeals' decision," Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. "Preserving the suburban character of neighborhoods like Garden City South and Garden City and protecting area home values are issues that we take seriously in Hempstead Town."


HUNTINGTON / Town bans cell towers for three months

A three-month moratorium on granting permits to construct wireless communication facilities, transmission and reception antenna and towers was approved by the Huntington town board.

Town officials will examine current code for possible changes in where and how cell towers are placed, the actual structures as well as the approval process. Exemptions will be allowed during the moratorium for publicly owned properties and hardship cases.

The measure, sponsored by board member Glenda Jackson and seconded by Mark Cuthbertson, was approved 4-1 at the board's Tuesday meeting. Town board member Susan Berland voted against the moratorium because it excludes publicly owned properties. She said there are applications pending for the installation of cell towers on publicly owned properties that do not need approval by the town board or the zoning board of appeals, only that of the engineering department.

"They are going to get through and I think that's wrong," Berland said. "Everyone should be included; it's only three months."

Also at the meeting, the board set Tuesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. for a public hearing to consider a zoning change in Huntington Station to allow game centers and game rooms.

The owner of the former day-labor hiring site on Depot Road wants to build a family recreation center on the land with batting cages, virtual sports, paintball target tag and miniature golf. Current zoning codes prohibit game centers and game rooms in the area.

The hearing will also include comments about reducing the minimum distance of game centers from a school, library, church, or hospital. Town code currently places a 2,000-foot distance restriction and the board seeks to reduce that to 200 feet.

- Deborah S. Morris

NASSAU / New deputies county executives named

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano named two deputy county executives Wednesday. .

Joseph Kearney, a former Town of Hempstead councilman who is currently executive director of the county's Industrial Development Agency, was promoted to acting deputy county executive for economic development.

He fills, at least for now, the slot held by Patrick Foye, who resigned earlier this week to protest Mangano's filing of a lawsuit against a takeover of the county's budget by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, as well as Mangano's criticism of NIFA board members.

Mangano also promoted Dr. Phillip Elliott, the head of the Minority Affairs Office, to the new title of deputy county executive for minority affairs.

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