ExteNet Sues North Hempstead



On the same day the Town of North Hempstead voted to have a public hearing on ExteNet’s 16 cell node application on March 19, ExteNet filed a federal lawsuit against the town. The town had 90 days to answer the application and failed to approve or deny the application by its deadline in late December.

Rebecca Cheng, a town spokesperson, said the town would not comment on “pending litigation.” Cheng also said the town’s public hearing will still take place on March 19 despite it taking place three months after the application’s deadline. ExteNet and the town have had discussions revolving around this application for two years, but the Illinois-based company says that the town got quiet as the deadline approached.

“The town has yet to reach out to ExteNet regarding our application or the scheduling of a public hearing,” ExteNet Eastern Regional Director of External Relations Richard Lambert said. “I am learning about the public hearing through [the Port Washington News], which is disappointing, especially since we have been working with the town on our proposal and application procedures since 2017. Our application fell into an abyss and we were left with little options.”

The proposed 16 nodes are located in Port Washington, north of the Village of Plandome Manor.

According to the application, the locations are as follows:

  • 74 Ivy Way, Port Washington
  • 1 Murray Ave., Port Washington
  • 36 Murray Ave., Port Washington
  • 4 North Court, Port Washington
  • 71 Davis Rd., Port Washington
  • 11 Huntington Rd., Port Washington
  • 29 N Plandome Rd., Port Washington
  • 122 Huntington Rd., Port Washington
  • 15 Beachway, Port Washington
  • 1 Terrace Dr., Port Washington
  • 12 Oakland Dr., Port Washington
  • 1 Leeds Dr., Port Washington
  • 36 Amherst Rd., Port Washington
  • 21 Capi Jct., Port Washington
  • 59 Richards Rd., Port Washington
    -17 Leeds Rd., Port Washington


  1. As for the permitting process, this is typical. The town is slow on its best day when processing applications. It frequently loses permit applications, it terrible at communications and follow-ups, and is uneven it is the application of standards relative to permitting processes and requirements. It’s no surprise that the town “got quiet” as the deadline approached as the town knows nothing about deadlines that the rest of the world must follow.

  2. I’m glad the town is holding a public hearing on this matter. There is a lot of controversy about the human and environmental impact of Radio Frequency Radiation. The FCC approval is based largely on research from the 1980s. But since then, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or health effects from exposure to RFR at intensities too low to cause significant heating.

    It’s worth asking our residents to ponder if faster video downloads while driving around town is worth the 24/7 exposure to untested radiation.


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