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Verizon files suit against Colonie

Verizon Wireless has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Colonie, according to a representative, because the town has not rendered a decision about a proposed cell tower at the Loudonville Presbyterian Church.

According to John O'Malley, Federal Communications Commission regulations require a decision within 150 days of the initial application for a proposed cell tower. O'Malley said the federal guideline began on Nov. 19, and that is the date Verizon is using to start of the 150 day \shot-clock, even though the application to the town came close to two years ago.

The town planning board has a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, and O'Malley said he is hopeful for a decision at the meeting. If the town does not render the decision federal court could become an option, although he said federal intervention is not optimal.""

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