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Verizon sues Town of Lockport over cell tower rejection

Verizon Wireless sued the Town of Lockport last week in State Supreme Court over last month's rejection of a 155-foot cell tower on Chestnut Ridge Road.

The lawsuit says Zoning Board Chairman Timothy J. Lederhaus heads a company that owns 1.8 acres of open land, about 1,100 feet from the proposed tower site, but he did not recuse himself or disclose that information. He voted against the application, which was defeated, 3-2.

Lederhaus doesn't live near the site. "I voted (no) because the people who live there spoke to me and said they didn't want it in their backyard," he said Tuesday.

Verizon's lawsuit cited testimony from three volunteer fire chiefs and 111 residents who signed a petition complaining about poor cell service in the area.

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