Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Parks neglecting street trees
From the Daily News:
The city is taking years to prune trees and remove stumps that pose a hazard to people and houses, state Sen. Tony Avella charged Monday.
And when homeowners take matters into their own hands, they face thousands of dollars in fines, said Avella (D-Queens).
"This tree was last pruned in 2003," Avella said, standing in front of William Voss' home in New Hyde Park. "We called the Parks Department, and they said it would be included in the next seven-year cycle for pruning. That means it would be pruned once in 18 years."
Voss, 84, said he has been after the city to prune the tree since one of its limbs went crashing to the ground near a busy sidewalk several months ago.