Sunday, March 21, 2010

Public Hearing on Con Ed Right-of-Way Tree Clearing

The PSC’s representatives (most likely David Morrell & Jim Austin) will be coming to Westchester this Thursday regarding the massive tree removals in Westchester, but the broader issues that impact the entire state (including those of us in Rockland) will be at issue (i.e. the legitimacy of the PSC’s Case 04-E-0822).

The PSC has taken a very arrogant attitude despite recent resolutions of the Westchester Board of Legislators, the City of Yorkers, the Town of Yorktown Heights and the Town of Greenburgh that call for a review of the underlying regulations, especially the lack of a proper environmental review and implementation of mitigation plans. The PSC has used the extensive recent tree-related outages on the distribution lines as an excuse to justify cutting even more trees on transmission ROWs, even though no outages were caused on these ROWs.

It’s important that as many people show up to this meeting as possible. If you are able to attend, please do so.

  City Hall
  40 South Broadway                  
  Yonkers, NY 10701
  (914) 377-6316

CITY OF YONKERS                               John J. Larkin
Office of the City Council                         Council Member, District 6



Contact: Councilmember John Larkin (914) 377-6316

Larkin Sets Public Hearing on Con Ed 
Right-of-Way Tree Clearing
and Street Opening Repaving

(Yonkers, NY/ March 19, 2010)  Yonkers City Councilmember John Larkin (R-6th Dist.) is urging Yonkers residents to attend a fact finding meeting forThursday, March 25, 2010, to discuss the recent clearing of the Right-of-Way (ROW) along Con Ed’s transmission lines throughout Yonkers.  Additional discussion will focus on rules and regulations for street repaving as a follow-up to street openings conducted by the utility company.

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, state elected officials representing Yonkers, and representatives of Con Edison and the New York State Public Service Commission will be in attendance.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7:00 pm, at the Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710   

“Discussion will center on the recent clearing of the ROW, Vegetative Management guidelines, the role of each representative in attendance, and suggestions for improving the process and better communications,” said Larkin, whose district has been impacted by ROW clearing and ConEdison’s M29 project that resulted in street openings throughout Yonkers. 

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