Letter: Is PSEG really better than Grid?

The National Grid Power station in Northport is

The National Grid Power station in Northport is pictured. (Dec. 12, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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Fellow Long Islanders, be careful what you ask for, you might get it ["The move to PSEG," News, May 2].

I read this in Newsday in November: "In New Jersey last week, the local news media reports sounded a lot like those out of Long Island, Queens, and Westchester in Sandy's wake. Garden Staters who lost power for days vented at local meetings about unreliable information from the utility companies -- among them, PSE&G, New Jersey's biggest, which in 2014 is due to take over managing Long Island's electric grid from the current Long Island Power Authority contractor, National Grid."

Long Island's utility system -- electric, telephone, cable TV and Internet -- is predominantly overhead, woven among millions of trees. Many of those trees are old and beautiful, but their trunks and branches are ready to break and bring down the wires.

When confronted with significant tree trimming, Long Islanders will scream, "Not my trees!" Given all this, can PSEG really provide better electric service?

Fred Avril, Setauket

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