URGENT:  CALL COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVEN NEUHAUS TODAY!

BEFORE NOVEMBER 7 is the time to make your voice heard


Call Neuhaus' office at (845) 291-2700 and tell him "there is no justification for the tower being higher than the current structure and this directly harms the local town and region".  Ask to speak with a staff member. If they route you to voicemail, make sure you leave a message!

Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Management Services Brendan Casey sent a letter to residents yesterday with the county's explanation for why a new tower is being built in the Town of Mount Hope against the town residents' wishes.  Unfortunately, Mr. Casey's letter does nothing to justify the height of the new tower.  No explanation nor simulation data have been provided to back up the claim that the additional height (180 feet, beyond the existing 130 foot tower) is significant for the new communications system being deployed.  

As previously noted by an expert technical analysis, the new radio transmitters are more powerful and the new receivers more sensitive.  Even Mr. Casey's quote from Police Chief Rickard indicates that the new radio system (equipment) is what is providing the improved coverage, not anything about the tower's height.  Mr. Casey's letter points to several benefits of the new radio system, but these are not what is under dispute here, and are a distraction from the issue.

This tower, now already looming over the region, is visually much worse than the existing structure and is a significantly worse impact on the rural feel of our town than even anticipated.  Many residents are already lamenting the immediate loss in their property and home's value.

If the county did the necessary studies and simulations to identify coverage at a specific height, why has this data not been provided when asked for weeks ago?  Why was the original tower plan set at 300 feet, then 200, then 180... ?  If there was no study and there is no data, then why was the tower built so much higher than the existing one?  Mr. Casey said, and the construction plans confirm, that the microwave antennas for tower-to-tower communication do not need to be higher than the existing tower.  The plans show the microwave antenna at 82 feet only.

Mr. Neuhaus, we ask again that you directly intervene.  Lower this tower so that it does not turn the Town of Mount Hope into an industrial feeling zone.  Money has been spent without justification, and your residents will be the perpetual victims of a bad choice unless you correct this.  

(Note:  Mr. Casey's letter was received by residents on November 3, AFTER the tower construction was completed, though the letter was dated October 26.)


EXPERT STUDY: COUNTY’S 200-FOOT TOWER IS UNNECESSARY  

The analysis of an industry expert has shown that Orange County’s plans to build a 200-foot tower (originally 300 feet) in the Town of Mount Hope far exceed what is needed for emergency management services communication. The County continues to try to justify this mistake, all the while withholding technical information and forcing the construction on the local town residents. The more that is revealed about this project, the more it points to incompetence, dishonesty, or that it was done with some other agenda.  None of those is acceptable, and it must be corrected.


WHY THE TOWER CAN BE LIMITED TO 130 FEET

The Motorola APX 6000 and 8000 hand-held terminals being deployed as part of the new system are much more sensitive than the current system’s equipment.  The base station is planned at 50 watts ERP (effective radiated power).  Along with almost doubling the number of towers in Orange County (from 8 to now 15), the coverage has drastically improved. The current location of the tower is already the highest in the area.  Adding another 30 to 50 feet over a roughly 1,300-foot ridge does almost nothing to improve reach to the low-lying areas behind a neighboring ridge (see attached report for technical analysis). 

Even with the current structure’s height of 130 feet, there should be virtually no dead areas once the new radio equipment is deployed due to its improved transmit power and sensitivity.  Assuming there are indeed some areas without coverage, the analysis shows that deploying repeaters is a much cheaper and more effective solution for providing better coverage for low-lying areas.  

Residents have been asking county representatives for weeks for the simulation results based on the new equipment and additional of towers being put in place.  So far, they are withholding this technical data from residents.

WHY WOULD THE COUNTY BUILD A TOWER HIGHER THAN NEEDED?

There are only two scenarios possible for why the county forced this project on the Town of Mount Hope:  

1) The county knew that a 200-foot tower was not needed for the new EMS radio system, and built it anyway for unpublished reasons;

2) They did not do the necessary studies to measure coverage, and were guessing at the actual requirement.  

In either scenario, this project irresponsibly spent a huge amount of funds.  It will damage the Town of Mount Hope's ridge line, quality of life, and property values unnecessarily.  

We ask directly that Mr. Steven Neuhaus intervene, answer the questions about the radio coverage analysis, and adjust the tower's plans to limit the height to the current structure's height of 130 feet. If this step is not taken, and later it is further proven unnecessary, the cost to dismantle the unnecessary tower height will be on these specific county leaders for not taking steps sooner.

WHAT RESIDENTS DEMAND

The county cannot hide behind EMS as the reason for this tower and its height.  It is clearly not needed to achieve full coverage for EMS, and those in charge have not been forthright with residents about what is being built and the real reason it is taller than the new EMS communication system requires.  

Please see attached engineering report – further analysis is forthcoming as new data is received.

Please help by taking three steps: 

 1. First, sign the petition online to add your voice.  
2. Call Steven Neuhaus, County Executive, at (845) 291-2700
and ask him to limit the tower's height to the existing tower.
3. Lend your voice by submitting your opinion video online

Please help by: 


1. First, sign the 
petition online to add your voice.  

2. Help stop the tower by contacting the representatives responsible for protecting you.

Send a Message to Your Representatives

The local town officials have said they are powerless to influence this project since it is being forced from above.  The following representatives are responsible for protecting you, so let them hear your concern.

Please copy the text below and email and/or call the contacts below:

I am contacting you to express my strong opposition to the construction of the radio tower at the end of Maryann Avenue, in Town of Mt. Hope, New York, due to serious concerns over the impact of this tower’s height and location. 

I am not against improving first responders' communication, but oppose the county further harming this site with a taller structure when there is no proven need for a 200' tower and/or more suitable sites nearby with existing infrastructure. Further, I call on you to support the Town of Mount Hope’s zoning law that protects the ridge line view from new construction.   

Please lend every effort to help stop the construction of the tower at this site.  Refer to  StopMountHopeTower.com for more details.

Steven M. Neuhaus, County Executive

Brendan Casey, Commissioner

Emergency Services Center
22 Wells Farm Road
Goshen, NY 10924

New York State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec

Email: brabeneck@nyassembly.gov
Florida, NY Office: 845-544-7551
Albany Office: 518-455-5991

New York State Assemblymember Aileen M. Gunther

Email: GuntheA@nyassembly.gov

Monticello, NY Office: 845-794-5807
Middletown City Hall Office: 845-342-9304
Albany Office: 518-455-5355

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic

NY Senate District 42 ( Map)
Email: bonacic@nysenate.gov
Web: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/john-j-bonacic

Albany Office 
Room 503 State Capitol 
Albany , NY 12247 

Phone: 518-455-3181 , Fax: 518-426-6948 

New York State Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Contact: https://seanmaloney.house.gov/contact

Washington, DC Office
1027 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5441 , Fax: 202-225-3289