Immediate Release April 20, 2004
Contact: David Chauvin (516) 869-7794
Town Supports "Wire Friendly Tree" Program
Manhasset, NY - Taking advantage of a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) program which offers municipalities and civic associations a $25 rebate for every "wire friendly tree" planted, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, second from right, recently accepted a check in the amount of $9,525 from LIPA Line Clearance Manager Martin Mullarkey, third from right. In the past three years, the Town of North Hempstead has planted over 375 standard planting size trees near overhead electric wires.
"This is an extremely important project because we are helping to reduce electrical outages as well as beautifying our neighborhoods," said Supervisor Kaiman. "I urge all residents to learn more about responsible tree planting and participate in this worthwhile program."
According to LIPA, tree-wire contact makes up the majority of the power authority's service interruptions. The wire friendly tree program encourages municipalities and residents to help improve electrical reliability while enhancing the quality of the environment.
For more information, please call 516-545-5606.