MOUNT SINAI - Brookhaven officials are proposing a new law to stop cell phone companies from building towers in residential communities without warning.

Under the legislation, cellular companies would be required to hold public hearings before putting in any new towers. Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Brookhaven) says residents would then have the chance to protest before the town zoning board.

Next-G recently admitted it put up a utility pole in Mount Sinai earlier this year without any town permits or hearings. It was eventually taken down after pressure from the Mt. Sinai Civic Association, which agrees the law would keep construction under control.

Officials say the ordinance will be voted on in August. Town of Brookhaven pulls plug on cell towerMount Sinai residents frustrated by new utility poleCell-phone tower moratorium making waves across town