For Immediate Release
July 20, 2009
Supervisor Gromack Requests County and
Town’s Efforts to Remove Double Utility
Poles in Clarkstown
Poles Continue to be Unsightful and Unsafe
(New City, NY) - Clarkstown
Supervisor Alex Gromack is requesting Rockland County and the State of New York
follow the lead of the Town of Clarkstown and develop a plan of action with
utility companies, including Orange and Rockland, Cablevision, and Verizon, to
eliminate double, wood utility poles in the Town on County and State roads.
Supervisor Gromack sent letters
to Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and Region 8 Director of the
NYS Department of Transportation, Joan Dupont requesting
the creation and implementation of a plan to eradicate these aesthetically
unappealing and often unsafe poles.
The three utility companies
serving Clarkstown entered into an agreement wherein Orange and Rockland
Utilities agreed to install new poles. The electric company must then move their
service from the old pole to the new pole and cut off the top of the old pole. Cablevision agreed to then move their service
from the old pole to the new pole followed by Verizon. Verizon agreed to undertake the
responsibility for removing the old pole and disposing of it appropriately.
In early 2008, the Town of
Clarkstown embarked on a campaign to rid the landscape of old utility poles
left in the ground next to newly-installed utility poles; after the Town found
many old poles being held up by unsecured ropes, while others were left
dangling or with jagged edges protruding onto sidewalks.
A town-wide survey conducted by town
employees identified 520 double wood utility poles located on Town, County, and
State owned roads. To date, over 200 poles on Town roads have been
removed with a commitment from the utility companies to remove an additional
128 poles on Town roads by August 2009. The
remaining poles are on State and County roads.
“I am calling on the State and
County to join the initiative I started two years ago, to engage in the willingness
of the utility companies as good corporate citizens, and to request the removal
of the poles on State and County roads in Clarkstown,” said Supervisor Gromack.
“In doing so, the County and State would be participating in a program that I
know will make Clarkstown safer and more beautiful for our residents and
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