Eastport, East Moriches residents outraged over new utility poles

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Community members in Eastport say they are angry after new steel utility poles were installed in their neighborhood.

They say PSEG Long Island replaced small wooden poles with new 80-foot steel poles, creating a massive eyesore in the community.

"These poles are out of character with Eastport and East Moriches," one resident says.

PSEG Long Island says the upgraded transmission poles were needed to carry more power to the two neighborhoods because of the growing population. They say the poles are also more weather resistant and that homeowners would lose their power a lot less.

However, residents say they are demanding the 70,000-volt power lines be varied.

"The cost of undergrounding would be spread across the island, so ratepayers on Long Island would be impacted by this," says PSEG Long Island's Jeffrey Weir.

The electric company says it will review the homeowners’ concerns and try to get an update to homeowners soon.

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