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Bright light on tower a nuisance for Queensbury residents

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Bursts of white light that come from a 180-foot communication tower in Queensbury that flash every second into the homes of nearby neighbors have become quite the nuisance, residents say.

Shining through the windows and past curtains, it is a nuisance for life-long resident Amanda Lynch, who started noticing the flashes last month.

The communication tower was constructed last year to replace a 50-year-old tower. The light was installed within the last few months as a warning signal for airplanes since the tower is in the path of the local airport.

But for Lynch the flashes are more than just annoying.  She explained, "I don't like lights. I get migraines really bad so any type of blinking lights will bother me."

Mike Thompson, the general manager of Adirondack Broadcasting, which uses the tower to broadcast their radio signal, said the FAA requires the light.

"It's close to Queensbury airport, so planes don't crash into houses the FAA prefers to have a blinking light," Thompson said.

One neighbor, Brian Straub, who also happens to be a private pilot checked with the airport found out the light doesn't have to be so bright. "At night it's supposed to be switching to a soft red light," said Straub.

"Obviously there are safety concerns here," said Thompson. "Our engineers are looking into the problem and the FAA is informed of the issue."

While the NEWS CENTER was in Queensbury, engineers adjusted the brightness of the light around 8 p.m. 

Thompson said any adjustments made will still follow FAA regulations.

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