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From landlord to lumberjack

John Marter, 45, uses a chain saw to

John Marter, 45, uses a chain saw to cut up a tree that fell from the adjacent yard onto the rental property he owns in Islip. (Aug. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Jennifer Maloney

John Marter, 45, used a chainsaw Sunday to cut up a tree that fell  from the adjacent yard onto the rental property he owns in Islip.

“I’ve been through it before, so I know the drill,” he said of Tropical Storm Irene, which lambasted Long Island late Saturday and Sunday. “We just got unlucky.”

He and his business partner worked with another man and three boys, removing the tree so the tenants could get back inside.

There appeared to be damage to the roof and siding.

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