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Neighborhood Looks To Defeat Goliath And God In Cell Dispute

Judaism

Can you hear me now? The Town of Hempstead can, and is looking to change it's laws when mobile phone companies come calling in residential areas.

Neighbors opposed to plans to place 6 cell antennas on the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center because of health concerns are relieved their voices are being heard.

"More than anything we would love for all the tests to come out to say absolutely a hundred percent safe but the testing for radio emissions is about where tobacco testing was 30 years ago." said Pamela Dempsey a mother who lives 75 feet from the proposed antennas.

Signs line most streets surrounding the temple.

The town is listening and is planning on passing a new law that would place tighter restrictions on where cell antennas can be erected.

Even these protestors admit they don't like a dropped call, their not opposed to antennas like this one about a half mile away, as long as they are far enough away from homes and playgrounds.

"It does not belong in a residential area put it in a commercial area where it belongs." said Scott Boiko with his young son.

Neighbors say the motive for the jewish center is dollar signs, they say they stand to make thousands of dollars each month on each antenna, we tried to speak to the people here and were told no comment.

T-mobile the company that wants the antennas on the house of worship, was also quiet. The town of Hempstead zoning board has agreed to hold off on the application until the new law on cell sites is passed.

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