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Residents plea for end to tree removal project

Residents vented their frustrations to Nassau officials Thursday night over a project that is set to remove nearly 200 trees along South Oyster Bay Road. To date, residents say about 125 trees have

News 12 Staff

Nov 7, 2014, 8:16 AM

Updated 3,484 days ago

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Residents plea for end to tree removal project
Residents vented their frustrations to Nassau officials Thursday night over a project that is set to remove nearly 200 trees along South Oyster Bay Road.
To date, residents say about 125 trees have already been removed. A temporary restraining order is in place in an effort to save the remaining trees.
Nassau County Department of Public Works press secretary Michael Martino fielded questions during the monthly civic meeting in Hicksville, but said he was unable to get into specifics on where the project stands due to the current legal wrangling. The county has said that the project is necessary because sidewalks on the road have been uprooted and are now dangerous and violate federal regulations. Martino did say that the county will replant more trees than it cuts down.
"The people who live along Oyster Bay Road will have the option of having new trees planted on their property...larger, different variety trees," Martino said during the meeting.
Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Laura Schaefer did say that they will bring the sentiments of the community to the county executive. They are also planning to meet with one of the community organizers who is against the project Friday morning.
 


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