On Tuesday, June 17, at 9:55 p.m, I had the privilege of witnessing democracy at its best. That evening, the Town of North Hempstead's Town Board met, and sixth on the agenda was the discussion on Councilman Pollack's long-awaited tree policy. After the horrific destruction of several healthy, mature trees in Port Washington recently, many in our community were rightfully upset. Hundreds of e-mails, 311 calls, and a rally and march took place, and a couple of dozen residents in the community attended the town board meeting in support of this policy measure. The enactment of this policy ensures that the town's official policy regarding trees on town property will require a minimum of 5 business days public notification, an identifiable method for public comment, the ability of the councilman or supervisor to stop the action, and the availability of review by a certified arborist. For the trees that have already been knocked down, it is already too late, but in the future, this type of heinous action will not again occur. And at 9:55 p.m., our town board unanimously adopted this as town policy!

I wish to thank the many people who contacted their elected officials, and helped to influence this policy. Thank you very much to Councilman Fred Pollack for proposing this policy a while ago, and being persistent in getting this done, and thank you to Supervisor Kaiman for meeting with community members and supporting this measure. As I said when I spoke before the board in support of the measure, our children and our grandchildren thank them.

This demonstrates that if our community works together, and speaks in a common voice on issues of importance, that we can maintain, improve, and enhance our quality of life and our environment.

Richard Brody

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