From the Daily News:
Amtrak's controversial clearing of trees along its tracks in Woodside has begun again - much to the dismay of some locals who thought their objections had halted the project for good.
The federally owned rail company's "Stimulus Tree Cutting Program" razed patches of forest along its property in Woodside last month to reduce the impact of fallen trees and branches.
Amtrak officials told the Daily News last week that the project was finished in Woodside. But bulldozers returned Friday and continued cutting trees on the other side of the tracks.
The additional clearing by the railroad has local elected officials steamed.
"We were outraged when this happened the first time, then we were promised this wouldn't happen again," said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who has sent a letter to the company asking why there was no environmental review. "Now it's beyond outrage."
"If you look up 'incompetent bureaucrat' in the dictionary, there is a picture of Amtrak," Vallone said, adding that the company razed trees so far from the tracks that they could not plausibly have been a hazard.
President Obama also received a letter from Vallone.