BELLMORE - Residents filled a public meeting tonight at Mepham High School to voice their concerns over a proposed cell tower in Bellmore.

The 120-foot tower would be built off of the Southern State Parkway near Bellmore Road.

Under Town of Hempstead law, a tower cannot be constructed within 1,500 feet of a residential area, but because the proposed site is on state-owned property, it is exempt from the town's law.

Residents said they expect decreased property values due to the expected eyesore. Others say that the tower would be redundant since there are four other towers nearby.

An exclusive News 12 Long Island/Hofstra Poll asked residents across the Island about cell phone towers. Of those polled, 34 percent said they didn't mind them and 31 percent said they are dangerous and unsightly.

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Bellmore residents fight proposed cell phone tower