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Yorktown Residents Concerned Over Tree Trunks Hanging Over Road

One woman says: "It’s an accident waiting to happen which we want to avoid for the children and our residents."

Three weeks after Superstorm Sandy hit the area and left downed trees, residents are concerned over tree trunks leaning on cables right across the street from Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in Yorktown.

"Dozens of buses travel back and forth every day along with thousands of commuters," Teresa Hurwitz said. "The remains of these trees hang over the road along with hanging over the wires. It’s an accident waiting to happen which we want to avoid for the children and our residents."

Hurwitz said she or her friends who have called the town of Yorktown have had no response.

"The town’s number just rings," she said. 

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace told Patch there was nothing the town could do because that was not the responsibility of the town.

"Verizon has to take them down," he said. "It ends up being their responsibility." 

Grace said the tree trunks are leaning over low voltage communication cables. He said utility companies "get annoyed" if the town starts clearing the roads and workers are not "gentle" with the utility company's wires.

Patch reached out to Verizon regarding the matter. John Bonomo, a spokesperson for Verizon, told Patch on Friday that employees were able to assess the situation on Friday. 

"While the top part of this tree does rest on the [Verizon] cable, the tree itself belongs to the homeowner," Bonomo said. "If Verizon were to cut off the top part that rests on our cable, the rest of the tree would be the responsibility of the homeowner. We do not have the equipment/capability to cut/remove a tree this large."

Bonomo said Verizon reached out to the Yorktown Highway Department to see if they could help remove a large section of the tree, but since Route 132 is a state road, the issue is among the town of Yorktown, the New York State Department of Transportation and the homeowner.

"We have been informed by the Yorktown Supervisor’s office that they contacted NYSDOT, and they will be caring for the tree over the course of the next several days," Bonomo told Patch Friday evening.

What do you think should be done? Are you concerned about the safety of residents? Tell us in the comments below.

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claudia jones November 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Half measures avail us nothing... Complete the job!
paula November 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Oh for God's sake, everyone stop passing the responsibility and cut off the part of the trees leaning on the wires before someone is killed! The town supervisor said this : "Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace told Patch there was nothing the town could do because that was not the responsibility of the town. "Verizon has to take them down," he said. "It ends up being their responsibility." " Well isn't it the town supervisor's responsibility to do everything he can to pressure Verizon? What about other town officials? Town lawyers? What is the hold up, no one has been hurt/killed YET? Just another reason to not live or patronize stores in Yorktown.
Kathleen K November 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It's Verizon's responsibility. If they do not have equipment to cut the trees, they should pay a company (Rayal, Asplundh, etc) to cut them for them. It's just a matter of time before those trees slip off the wires and someone gets hurt.
Angela November 17, 2012 at 06:28 PM
how ridiculous!! --the taxes we pay should cover THE TOWN taking care of this issue--and Verizon also needs to bear its part of the burden --whatever happened to COOPERATION for the good of all???!!!
Jeff November 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
What do the stores in Yorktown have to do with this issue?
JACKIE November 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree, everything in this town is pass the buck...I have been trying to get a light at the end of Stoney Street for years, so many people have had accidents including myself and many people have died and all i hear is it is not our responsibilty...what a joke! All the taxes we pay up here....FOR WHAT????
Sean November 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I think the real problem is the fact that the first picture is someone taking a picture while driving......
Sami November 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
How do you know it is not the passenger taking the picture? Or that the car was actually moving? What is Verizon going to do- cut the top part of the tree and let it fall into the street? If the tree does indeed fall, it creates a whole new mess for Verizon as they have to go there and repair the damages, so why not just take care of it now before the tree falls and possibly hurts someone?
Bill November 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Why didn't you contact the homeowner to see hat they were planning to do about it? Seems like it really is their responsibility. Did they contact their insurance company about it?
Bill November 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
BTW, what the heck are the photos of people standing on line at some unknown bulding that Vishnu posted here? Do they have anything to do with this article???

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