Pleas and to AG Towers to relocate a controversial cell tower in Manhasset Isle seem to have fallen upon deaf ears.
Work on the tower at 41 Pequot Avenue resumed Tuesday morning, with two armed guards, hired by AG Towers, on the premises.
Their presence came on the heels of a letter by the to AG Towers, imploring the company to for the tower. Letters had also been sent by Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio (R-Port Washington), and Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).
Originally, the tower was issued a , but two years later after a U.S. district judge ordered the village to take action within 10 days.
Neither DeGiorgio nor Martins have received a response from AG Towers. Calls to the Village of Manorhaven from Patch regarding the resumed work were not immediately returned.
However, Patch has learned that the Village of Manorhaven and DeGiorgio's office sent the letter to two different addresses – the village to 434 Rutgers Road in West Babylon, and DeGiorgio to 99 West Main Street in East Islip –prompting some residents to wonder if AG Towers actually received all of the letters from government officials on behalf of their constituents. Patch left voice messages at three different phone numbers it tracked down for AG Towers, but those calls were not returned.
Meanwhile residents want to know why AG Towers is remaining silent on community requests to relocate the tower.
"Their response was to send armed militia," DeGiorgio said. "What message are they sending? The message is 'We don't care.'"
"It's so offensive to see armed guards in a residential neighborhood with children," said Giovanna Giunta, a community leader, who lives in the area. "The village was unresponsive."