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Editorial: A Tough Call

The Village of Massapequa Park has now agreed to purchase land from Nassau County on Sunrise Highway for a new cell tower. It’s a tough call, but, in fact, the village’s hands were tied. Mayor Altadonna has expressed concerns over possible health matters with the new structure. But what can the village do? The notorious 1996 Federal Communications Act – one passed by a Republican congress and signed into law by a Democratic president – allows companies to install such cell towers, even over local objections. Village officials in Massapequa are hardly the first ones to express misgivings over this unprecedented power grab by the federal government. Over the years, numerous mayors and trustees in Nassau County, many of them invoking the 10th Amendment, have voiced the same objections. The 1996 FCC Act runs roughshod over the delicate balance of power that once existed in our federal system. The fact that there are health concerns makes it even more frustrating to local officials. The FCC law is still young, but someday it will have to be revisited.