Aug. 30, 2011 By Christian Murray
State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that there were between 100 and 200 power outages scattered throughout Western Queens but only a handful of outages in Sunnyside and Woodside. Long Island City was where most of the power cuts occurred.
Gianaris said that he got very few reports of downed trees in Sunnyside/Woodside; however, a resident did e-mail him a picture of a troubled tree on 41st Street (bet. Queens Blvd. and 43rd Ave)—which at that point leaned over the road and blocked oncoming cars, causing authorities to close part of the street.
However, the situation on 41st street was made worse when a NYC Dept. of Sanitation truck went down the closed section of street at about 5 am Monday and mowed down the flailing tree—breaking off a tree limb and leaving it strewn across the road, according to Audrey Castro, a resident who lives across the street.
Gianaris came out to Sunnyside to take a look at the tree and was surprised to hear Castro’s account. He called the Parks Dept. to make sure the tree would be taken care of and put in a call to find out who the driver of the sanitation vehicle is.
Gianaris credited the mayor for “doing a good job on this one,” adding that “he got the word out, put a plan in place and as a result there were few problems.”
The following tree was downed in Woodside Houses
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