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Schenectady residents upset after trees trimmed

Gillespie Street foliage was too near power lines

Contracted by National Grid, Lews Tree service workers trim trees along Lowell Avenue in Schenectady on Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Contracted by National Grid, Lews Tree service workers trim trees along Lowell Avenue in Schenectady on Thursday.
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The beautiful row of flowering pear trees on Gillespie Street are much shorter today after being cut back and left at odd angles around the street’s power lines.

National Grid crews were working on Union Triangle on Thursday after going through the Stockade last week.

And while residents in both neighborhoods acknowledged that they don’t want to lose power when a tree limb falls on a wire during a storm, some didn’t like how ...

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January 18, 2013
7:09 a.m.

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The Mayor needs to require that National Grid pay for a professional arborist to be with their crew when doing such trimming. This would not be acceptable in wealthier cities. Furthermore, such power lines on inner neighborhood streets such as Gillespie should be put underground. We need to improve each and every neighborhood street for any progress to be made in the City. National Grid should be required to improve not deface our community and they should be held accountable to remedy what they have done.

January 18, 2013
10:43 a.m.

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Thanks for covering this topic. One possible solution to this problem is contained in a bill proposed again this year in the New York Assembly by District 92 Assemblyman, Thomas J. Abinanti. Assembly Bill A02300 would add an Article 3 to the NYS Public Service Code in order to regulate the cutting, topping and removal of trees upon rights of way by providers of electric service, setting up a commission that would make and enforce regulations meant to assure that tree maintenance is done in a manner that has a less destructive impact on our trees and removes no more of a tree than is reasonably necessary.

For more information and links to A02300, and for photos of a recently-over-pruned Stockade tree, see