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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.”

News

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

Lecture - October 24


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