Tree ordinance under fire in Oyster Bay

WOODBURY - Oyster Bay township is considering a plan that would soften tree laws in the community.

For decades, Oyster Bay has had an ordinance designed to protect trees, but five years ago, the town board added a caveat that is not sitting well with homeowners. Residents who want to remove a tree on their property must obtain a permit and pay up to $75. The fee may be waived if the tree is replaced.

"I believe we should be able to take care of our own [property]," says Marin Marinucci, a homeowner in Woodbury. "We pay enough taxes."

The town supervisor says he doesn't want to get rid of the ordinance, but rather to amend it - a statement that angered environmentalists at a town hall meeting today.

Oyster Bay and Huntington are the only two towns on Long Island with this type of law.

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