Cellphone Tower Erected on Front Lawn of Long Island Family Home

Family maintains they were lied to

By Tom Llamas
|  Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:02 AM EDT
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A Long Island family has one big problem-a problem about three stories high. It's a cell phone tower erected right on their front lawn.  

"What a horrible thing to happen," Lori Di Marco of Brookhaven told NBCNewYork.

Di Marco say it's an eyesore and killing their property value.

It's taller than the trees, taller than the light posts and it's in a neighborhood where there are no utility poles.

"The company is trying to get an advantage. They  want to plop something on my property and I lose complete value of my house, " said Michael Di Marco.

The tower went up in less than a week. The Di Marcos say there were lied to all along the way.

"They told me it was an extra light the town required," said Michael Di Marco.

The Di Marco family and town officials figured out a California based company called NextG Networks put up the tower.

"We've called it construction by ambush. This thing just showed up one morning," said John Rouse, Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways.

He accused NextG of putting up the tower without permits, without plans, and without the necessary bond needed to put up a cell phone tower near their roads.

The town has sent NextG a letter demanding answers. 

Lori Di Marco says she spoke with the company and couldn't believe their reasoning. "They said FCC... granted them the right to do so and provide communication service, it was a public necessity."

NBCNewYork contacted the New York office of NextG but they did not return our calls.

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