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Photos: Downed Tree Blocks Elwood Roadway

Homes blocked in as tree obstructs only road in and out of neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

The high winds that swept across Long Island Sunday caused a tree to fall across Willoughby Path in Elwood. About 50 homes were blocked in for a period of time because the road is the only way out. No one was injured.

Amy Waldhauer February 18, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I saw someting like this in the Santa Cruz Mountins of California about 20 years ago. The only direct road to many people's houses was blocked by a huge tree across the highway. A trip that usually took 5 minutes would now take an hour and a half and involve going back down the mountain and back up on another winding road. One of the people on the north side of the tree said he had a chain saw, but he lived on the south side, so one of the people who was stuck on the south side gave him a ride to get it. A couple of other people got their chain saws, and everyone pitched in and dragged the tree out of the road. Within half an hour the tree was cleared and we could all get where we needed to go. Too bad the neighbors in Elwood couldn't do the same thing.
Joe Blachty February 18, 2013 at 03:30 PM
That's the Town of Huntington Supervisor of Highway's job. You know—the guy whose name is on everything? What they do is send out five guys that are old and fat, one of whom has a tiny chainsaw. He tries to cut the tree but the saw is too small. So they stand around or go sit in their trucks and have coffee. They stay there for about 2 hours and then they leave. Then the local fiefighters come and remove the tree in about ten minutes.
Pat February 18, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Joe, I couldn't have said it better! Just like the fact that a week ago or so, our roads here in Elwood and many other areas were impassable, because not one town plow came through.. Only after several days did one small truck come through and wound up blocking our driveways with wet, heavy snow. This is what our ridiculous taxes are paying for?! What a disgrace! TOH!!!!!!!
Allie's Grandpa February 18, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Pat, it isn't ALL "TOH" government. It is specifically the Highway Department, because the Superintendent of Highway's is independent of the Town Supervisor and the Town Board. You should be angry at William Naughton, and nobody else. I think the position should no longer be elected, but appointed by the Town Board; then they would be accountable for the failings of that inefficient department. But until that happens......
Pat February 18, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Thank you A G: I didn't know that Naughton was independent of the TS and TB. I know I am hearing most of my neighbors complaining about Naughton. We all agree with you that the position should no longer be elected, but appointed! Let's all make sure that this happens! I have been an Elwood resident since 1975! I have never seen anything like this lack of response to these recent massive, destructive storms! (Sandy) Enjoy your day!
Michael February 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
A change of direction is clearly needed as a result of recent performances, all have heard is excuses from them BTW, whose jurisdiction is 25A from Northport thru Centerport, the potholes or (craters) which some are becoming are making driving through there hazardous and like an obstacle course, it must be remedied or will only get worse and create further problematic driving conditions on that stretch of road
Pat February 18, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Agree Michael. I have noticed these gigantic pot holes also, as I travel that road often. Not only dangerous driving, but can be very damaging to our cars! Something else we all have to worry about while paying these enormous tax bills!
Allie's Grandpa February 18, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Route 25A is a State Route, which means the State is responsible. Now, what I don't know is whether they subcontract road repairs (which is what the County seems to do on some County Roads) or whether the State Highway Department directly does the respires.
Michael February 18, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Thanks, AG, makes sense and what I thought too. Would be productive to know which appropriate authorities are responsible for getting the job done at EOD. I would hope there is a line of communication between TOH Hwy and State DOH to contract, sub-contract whatever is needed to repair what is a major road thru our town
Allie's Grandpa February 18, 2013 at 09:10 PM
That should be State Assemblyman Raia's territory, and either State Senator Marcellino or State Senator Flanagan, depending upon which part of 25A you are talking about. Raia has an office in Northport Village, but I'm not sure about the others; you should contact Raia plus whichever senator is in your district. The Assembly and State Senate do so little for the people of Northport and Elwood, that repairs to state roads are the least those guys can arrange for us.
Pat February 18, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I will call and send letters asap!! Thanks
Huntington Resident since 1979 February 19, 2013 at 04:25 PM
To Allie's Grandpa- I agree the highway department did a horrible job. But I do not think the Town Supervisor and Town Board are without blame. Pertone and Naughton have been fighting for years. The supervisor has cut funding and not allowed positions within the highway department to be filled. This has led to poor equipment, understaffing and poor moral. I think it is time for them all to grow up and do what is best for the people of Huntington and stop their fighting but I don't see that happening, therefore they must all go! We need them ALL voted out at this next election.
Jason Molinet February 19, 2013 at 05:24 PM
To be clear, this happened on Willoughby Path in Elwood. Not Elwood Road.

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