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Verizon tower hearing delayed

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am

An anticipated public hearing at Community Board 13 on a cell tower being proposed by Verizon in Laurelton has been postponed until September at the request of Verizon representatives.

The 58-foot tower is slated for property that includes 229-17 and 229-27 Merrick Blvd.

Earlier this month in Laurelton, more than 50 residents turned out at a meeting of CB 13’s Land Use Committee to pose questions to a Verizon representative and to protest the tower in principle.

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Council’s Environmental Committee, has been at the forefront of opposition to the project.

The intent was for Verizon representatives to speak at last Monday night’s meeting before the full Community Board, presumably with answers to questions raised at the Laurelton meeting.

Verizon representatives have been granted postponements by CB 13 and the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals until September. Community Board 13 does not meet during the months of July and August.

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