Con Ed has the rights to cut trees and branches on their easement. The Town of New Castle has the right to cut trees and branches on town property. Homeowners also have an obligation to maintain trees on their property. Regular pruning and trimming will keep the trees from becoming too top-heavy and prone to falling. Dead and dying trees need to be removed.
If you see a hazardous, dying tree at the edge of your property that could fall on power lines, please Email Con Edison to have the tree assessed and potentially removed – for free! If possible, Con Edison asks residents to send photos. All residents should take advantage of this – let’s hold Con Edison accountable for cleaning up storm hardening!