Long Island Residents Stumped Over Removal Of Trees

CBS New York

ALBERTSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — More than a dozen 70-year-old trees were suddenly chopped down in a Long Island neighborhood, and now residents, stuck with unsightly stumps, are demanding answers.

As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, the trees — sycamore, oak, elm — served as a buffer to traffic, providing color, shade and comfort along busy Searingtown Road in Albertson.

But a crew recently chopped down 13 trees.

“To take these trees down, it’s just really upsetting,” said Rashmi Iyer, of Albertson. “It’s heartbreaking.”

“They didn’t really ask anything,” said resident Michael Constantino. “They didn’t double-check with us.”

Residents wondered if PSEG Long Island was using the ax because new power poles were going up. The utility, however, explained it had nothing to do with removing the trees, that the county or town was responsible.

“I have a neighbor — in fact, she was so overwhelmed that she was crying,” said Albertson…

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