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Letter: ‘Different Location, Same Symptoms’

I am really confused. Last year, there was a tremendous community uproar when the Town of North Hempstead decided to remove trees along Main Street in order to facilitate replacing a sidewalk. In fact, because of that, the town passed a tree ordinance.

In the last couple of weeks, numerous trees have been removed along Shore Road between Baxter Pond and Mill Pond. It appears that this has been done to improve the sidewalks on the pond’s side of the street. The sidewalks were completed, but to date the landscaping has not been addressed. When we asked in the Baxter Estates office about what was going on, the clerk said she was not informed of the status. There are gaps, patches, rutty dirt where there was formally grass, and roots sticking out where the landscaping was not addressed.

How come there has been nothing said about this tree removal? Is Shore Road less vital/ important than Main Street? Port Washington got its name because of its proximity to the water. Isn’t beautification and maintenance in this area important? Otherwise, why have so many spent so much time, money and effort upgrading Baxter and Mill Ponds, and creating the Baywalk? Does it make sense that we are experiencing “déjà vu all over again”? Different location - same symptoms! Is there any wonder that most of the public does not believe most of what government says?

Richard Brody