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Petition Demands Halt to Divisive Power Line

The installation project is to run between Port Washington and Great Neck.

An online petition calling for a halt to PSEG Long Island’s power line installation project between Great Neck and Port Washington has already gathered more than 500 signatures.

The recently launched Change.org petition is in response to news that PSEG Long Island will be holding a public meeting at the Harbor Links Clubhouse in Port Washington on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. 

To Patch readers, the meeting date is set too far in advance.

“PSEG will have made it up to Northern BLVD with the installation of these poles” by then, one resident commented on Patch.

Launched by a group that calls itself “Keep the North Shore Beautiful,” the petition aims to prompt officials to stop work immediately on the installation project.

The petition reads: “We aim to preserve the beauty and charm of our neighborhoods and the health of our residents and implore PSEG and our elected officials to stop the erection of these 80 foot poles and high voltage cables and engage in dialogue and debate over viable alternatives!”

Residents from Sands Point, Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck and even New York have signed the Change.org petition , which will be delivered to PSEG Long Island, North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Sen. Jack Martins and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In assessing customer demand, PSEG reliability engineers determined that there was a critical need for new transmission circuits to reliably serve customers now, Jeffrey Weir, a PSEG Long Island Spokesman, told Patch. 

John Meyer March 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Let's see if this post gets censored: Clearly there are forces at work here beyond our control. Prior to my post today at 1:55PM, I wrote two posts that were somewhat critical of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. I said something to the effect of: Where has RFMBPW been in regards to all of this? I mentioned that there was NO reference to this horrible pole project on the RFMBPW site. Within one hour, RFMBPW added a small button to their site, pwresidents.org, that links to what they are doing. (Basically, they wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo and stated that they are "in contact" with PSE&G.) I also mentioned, in my earlier post today, that it seemed as though RFMBPW only acted after a significant grassroots effort started outside of RFMBPW. Yet, my two posts that were critical of RFMBPW were apparently CENSORED from this very PW Patch thread. My earlier post at 1:55PM was in reference to this. I also responded to the post by "PW RES", by stating that I must have embarrassed RFMBPW into action. That post also "disappeared"! So, I will take a screen shot of this new post that summarizes what I wrote. I am posting this in BOTH threads that discuss the project (News and Speak Out). Is someone at the Patch trying to protect RFMBPW??? Who knows? Maybe this is my last post here. Maybe I will be blocked after this. I have said nothing wrong and I only speak the truth. If I am kicked off of the Patch for speaking my mind, I know others will keep up the good work. I also mentioned how this whole episode is a great civics lesson for our kids, many of whom have spread the word on Facebook, etc. It's a perfect lesson in your First Amendment right to freedom of speech, the right to petition your government, and the right to "free assembly" (handing out flyers, etc). Oddly enough, it seems someone at the Patch is trying to deny me my First Amendment rights. My original post under the "Speak Out" section on February 25th is what got all of this debate started. Now, it seems if I say anything at all that is critical of RFMBPW, those posts magically VANISH! Very interesting. Anyway, let's not get distracted! ACT NOW! Visit keepthenorthshorebeautiful.com and use the links, phone numbers, handouts and information to make a difference! Less than 70 signatures to go to make 1,000!
Arguendo March 13, 2014 at 08:31 AM
As previously noted on the "What's Happening?" and"Meeting Date Set" threads, Residents got their quid pro quo (bury Main Street cabling) early on, but have now been stung by the backlash from the community they claim to represent, which outran them to the right approach -- to Andrew Cuomo's desk. When will Ms. Bosworth, Ms. De Giorgio and Mr. Martins get with the program and on the side of local voters they claim to represent?
Local Resident March 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM
There is a reason why our Councilwoman lost her own district (by a substantial amount) in the most recent Supervisor election. And a reason why I will never "donate" to RFMBPW.
Theresa F. March 13, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Did anyone else just get the email from Senator Martins about this? Blah, blah, blah. Will the Governor be at the meeting on March 24?
Arguendo March 13, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Better late than never. Nice of him to loop in local officials, who have otherwise been silent on this matter, if not outright dismissive.

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