Officials push for cell towers to be built in dangerous dead zone

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Local officials are raising safety concerns regarding a dangerous dead cell zone spanning two local counties.

Elected leaders and emergency responders say Verizon is dragging its feet in installing two approved cell phone towers.

The towers would provide much-needed phone service in the area of the Palisades Parkway, which is the border of Rockland and Orange counties. 

The leaders say without the towers, calls for help in the dead zone are often received miles away from people passing by.

"You can only imagine how delayed this can get,” says Debbie Vobroucek, of the Woodbury Community Ambulance. “It's really horrible, but there have been times we're driving up and down Route 6 and the Palisades Parkway, 293, looking for somebody."

News 12 reached out to Verizon, who say it’s working with the Parkway Commission to improve coverage.

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