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Meeting sought with PSEG over power lines

A PSEG Long Island truck in Hicksville in

A PSEG Long Island truck in Hicksville in 2013. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A Port Washington-based community group is seeking another meeting with PSEG Long Island over concerns about the utility's new transmission line project through the area.

In a Jan. 29 letter to David Daly, the utility's president and chief operating officer, the board of directors of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington requested a meeting this month to get "detailed information and engage in meaningful discussions" on the project -- a five-mile overhead transmission line between Great Neck and Port Washington, with an additional one-mile underground line through Thomaston.

The community group met with PSEG Long Island and local public officials on the issue last month, but Mindy Germain, executive director of the group, said they asked for the additional meeting to address questions about tree trimming, the height of new utility poles, and the prospect of putting lines underground. "We really want to have a dialogue with them about other options," Germain said.

PSEG Long Island spokesman Jeffrey Weir said the utility would be "more than happy" to meet with the group again on the project, which began on Jan. 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the town is in discussions with the utility about residents' concerns, which "are valid and need to be addressed," she said.

Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, who represents Port Washington, said the project would benefit the area. "It's an important project, and anyone who lived through Sandy that lives on this peninsula understands our electrical service needs to be more reliable," she said.


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