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DPW Decision Called To Question

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

According to Mike Martino, a spokesperson with the Nassau County Department of Public Works, the tree removal was not issued by either of the two utility companies.

Although there was no notice given to the residents of Seaman’s Neck Road, Martino said, the department removed the trees because they posed an immediate danger to pedestrians in the area.

“The county had to act,” Martino previously told the Levittown Tribune. “We had to do this job.”

Alice Anderson, who lives just around the corner from Seaman’s Neck Road, said that while the roadway does have pedestrian pathways, she has never seen more than five people a month traverse down the street.

“It’s not highly utilized,” Anderson said. “I’m 70 years old and I can still navigate it.”

Anderson said she frequently rides her bike down the street and has never fell due to any of the elevated sidewalks.

“How was this decision made,” she asked. “Why was the community not involved in the process?”

Other residents say the county had other options to fix the sidewalks, which would not have involved the removal of nearly 200 healthy trees.

In response to residents concerns, the county Department of Public Work says it plans to replant trees along Seaman’s Neck Road in the fall. “The county will plant as many trees as possible,” Martino said.

However, Anderson said she is skeptical of the county’s promises to replace all 176 of the 50-70 ft. oak trees.

“It’s not acceptable to put saplings in there,” she said. “This would never happen in communities like Garden City, Westbury or Brookville... I think the community should ban together and form a class action suit.”


It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 


McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.


Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.


The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.


The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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