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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

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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