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Massapequa Park may get new cell tower

Massapequa Park is an incorporated village in the

Massapequa Park is an incorporated village in the Town of Oyster Bay on the South Shore of Long Island in Nassau County. The village has a population of 17,008, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. (July 21, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

A narrow sliver of land along Sunrise Highway in Massapequa Park could soon be home to a new cellphone tower -- a possibility that Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said would help the village fulfill its legal and practical telecommunications obligations while sparing residents from having to live too close to such a structure.

Village officials Monday are to discuss the $4,000 purchase of a Nassau County-owned plot of land west of Park Boulevard by a train station parking lot as an “alternative site” for Verizon Wireless and other carriers seeking a tower for their equipment, Altadonna said.

The parcel measures roughly 5,400 square feet, according to a land survey.

“This location is the least disruptive to our residents,” Altadonna said.

Michael Martino, spokesman for Nassau County’s Department of Public Works, said in a statement the county “has had preliminary discussions” with village officials about the sale of the land.

A Verizon spokeswoman said it was too soon for the company to comment.

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