North Hempstead considers banning gas-powered leaf blowers

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The town of North Hempstead is considering a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer months.

Officials say they cause pollution and make much more noise than battery-powered blowers.

Town Supervisor Judy Bosworth says other communities have made the move and they believe it will improve the quality of life for residents.

“This is just a more environmentally friendly way to go,” she said.

The town says it will eventually hope to ban gas-powered blowers altogether.

One landscaper told News 12 that doing away with gas-powered blowers is self-defeating.

“Now you're going to need to charge on site. You're either going to run a big truck and send out emissions or you're going to need to run a generator and we've accomplished nothing," said Evan Dackow, of Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners' Association.

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