Lack of trees in Greece raising concerns in the community

July 15, 2018 11:16 PM

New developments in Greece are creating a debate over its cost to the trees.

 As some wooded lots are being flattened, some neighbors say they're all for growth but they're raising the alarm over what's happening to their green spaces.       

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Families say the trees and beautiful landscape is what attracted them to Greece but those areas now dwindling at the expense of development.

Several massive areas of forest now leveled in Greece, one of them once the backdrop to Michael Boyink's home.

His apartment is now facing the empty property line.

"My companion...Not there anymore," said Boyink. "We're gonna be blasted with more sunlight more prevailing winds."

By law, property owners can remove any and all trees on an acre of land, anything over needs approval from the state DEC which according to town supervisor happened.

As for the project, the supervisors says three fourths of it was approved for commercial development more than a decade ago, the town only had a say in a small portion of approval but again the town has no part in the trees or wildlife for private property.


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