Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's all about the contracts...

From CBS New York:

As CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported exclusively on Wednesday, the landscape has changed greatly in some communities where more than 200 stumps are all that are left of decades old Bradford pear and cherry trees.

“Every one of them is gone, it’s horrible,” Manhasset business owner Jamie Mazzei told Gusoff.

Residents said they don’t buy the county’s argument that Hurricane Sandy damaged all of the downed trees.

“There was some type of financial motive here because the more they cut, the more they got paid. And I think if there was a tree where there was any question that they could cut, they would cut,” Manhasset resident John Vlahakis said.

He told Gusoff he was aghast watching tree after tree get chopped down and begged crews to spare a few.

“There is nothing wrong with this tree and that’s how the majority of the trees were,” Vlahakis told Gusoff.

Looks Great Services removed the trees on behalf of Nassau County.

Looks Great is currently part of several law enforcement probes into how Sandy clean-up contracts were awarded, Gusoff reported.

The Huntington company was paid $200 to $5,000 per tree as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA is ultimately responsible for repaying Nassau County for the cost of the tree removal and the replanting, officials said.


Joe said...

Its all about total corruption and special interest.
I have the scoop.

The tree company simply said all the trees were bad and cut them down cut down to get paid. Everyone from the tree company, the people hauling the chips and so called "inspectors" were in on it. The "pay train" disclosed in the Manhasset Press for this is over 8 lines ling

Not one dam person from the useless Town of North Hempstead was watching them. At the time the Town Supervisor Yon Kaiman was MIA schmoozing the Governor to take over LIPA, and outside political interests.
The people in Manhasset (who been protecting its heritage) are now dieing out and being outnumbered by all the new tower people in Great Neck. The people in these HUGE tower complexes are 90% Jewish and Persian's. Democrats who now control the voting base.
These groups hate trees, "unused space" and want to turn the whole town into another Forest Hills.
The Town of North Hempstead highway dept in charge of trees (ALL 6 OF THEM FOR THE WHOLE TOWN) are also a bunch of dumb burnt out idiots who barley know how to speak or work a measuring tape. These people make Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) look like Eisenstein.
These dopes (mostly relatives & son in laws of politicians) cant even tell the difference between Cherry & Pare trees.

Anonymous said...

it's all about the printing contracts that Chuck Apelian's "Prestone" printing company gets from developers, in return for CB#7's approval of their projects.

Where the f--k is the FBI?

Check out "follow the buck" Chuck!

Anonymous said...

Knowing Nassau County, I wonder who Looks Great has ties to.