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New Castle Planning Board Deliberates on Proposed Cell Tower

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — The New Castle Planning Board met Tuesday to review plans for the potential building of a cell tower in Ossining. The tower’s proposed primary carrier would be AT&T, and it would be located at 50 Hoag Cross Road. The height of the tower is still being determined, which was one of the talking points of the meeting.

The proximity of the structure, a flagpole design instead of the usual monopole shape, would be 155 feet away from power lines that are operated by Con Edison.

At the meeting, AT&T representative lawyer Anthony Gioffre spoke about lack of information from Con Edison, as he was having difficulty reaching the appropriate people.

“I cannot make Con Ed answer me, I cannot make them give me materials,” Gioffre. “We have been reaching out for months … but I don’t see how it should hold back a public hearing of taking place.”

The lack of information that was requested, including the potential effects the tower would have on the surrounding area, the board stood strong in its belief that the public needs to know all of the details before a meeting takes place.

“Our practice isn’t to block input … the public is more than welcome to give us input and write us letters,” said Susan Carpenter, planning board chair. “But that doesn’t mean we want to consider this application complete unless we have all the information we are asking for.”

The board determined that waiting for more information was in the best interest of the town.

“We want as little impact in the area as possible,” Carpenter said. “I think everyone on the board has made it clear that we need you to look at every alternative on having an impact on our residential neighborhood.”

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