Many of us have noticed that a number of stately, healthy, mature trees, in front of the funeral home on Main Street, were removed by the Town of North Hempstead's Highway Department this past week. No advance notice or comment period was offered to residents of Port Washington, and there was no review done by any independent certified arborist. The town says that the trees may have been causing a danger, by causing the sidewalk to distort. As far as anyone knows, no other method of remedying the situation was explored, and the town simply knocked down and removed the trees, and is re-doing the sidewalk.

At a time when places like NYC are aiming to plant many trees, and are making it much more difficult to remove healthy trees, and "greening" our climate and environment is receiving additional attention because of the public's increased awareness of global warming, our town knocks down trees!

At the last town council meeting several weeks ago, Councilman Pollack introduced a "Tree Ordinance" that would make such things as public comment periods, independent arborist evaluations, etc. a condition of any tree removal in our town, but it was unfortunately tabled until the next town board meeting, which is being held on June 17 at Town Hall on Plandome Road. If this ordinance had been passed at the last meeting, this unfortunate event would not have taken place without the advice and consent of the public. I urge all concerned residents to protect our quality of life by e-mailing Town Supervisor Kaiman at kaimanj@northhempstead.com, and Councilman Pollack at pollackf@northhempstead.com to object to the recent upsetting event, as well as to urge passing of Councilman Pollack's Tree Ordinance. If any concerned residents are available to attend the Town Board Meeting on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Plandome Road, I urge them to exercise their right, and let the elected officials know how strongly we want to protect our trees, our environment, and our quality of life.

Richard Brody

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