Syosset, Woodbury residents concerned over new cell towers

Some residents in Syosset and Woodbury are concerned about small cellphone towers that are going up just feet from their houses. Some residents in Syosset and Woodbury are concerned about small cellphone towers that are going up just feet from their houses.
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Some residents in Syosset and Woodbury are concerned about small cellphone towers that are going up just feet from their houses.

The complaints come just days after people in Huntington voiced similar concerns about cellphone repeaters placed in their neighborhood.

Alyssa Goldinger, of Syosset, says she's scared after learning the Town of Oyster Bay allowed Verizon to put up a utility pole that will soon be outfitted with a new, small cellphone receiver and transmitter.

Jack Ostrick, president of the Hunting Hills Civic Association, tells News 12 that neighbors were never informed about the installations and the Town of Oyster Bay never held any hearings about it.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino says federal law ties his hands when it comes to informing residents about cell towers or the placement of them.

Meanwhile, residents say they are alarmed and concerned about possible radiation from the towers. Dr. David Burg, of Syosset, says there are potential health risks from the towers that include insomnia, attention deficit and headaches, among other problems.

Verizon says there are no health risks from cellphone repeaters. The company also says it has already installed dozens of repeaters in Huntington and plans to install dozens more in the Town of Oyster Bay.

The Town of Oyster Bay is now calling on the federal government to fund a study to determine the potential health effects of the cellphone transmitters.

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