One of the results of Hurricane Sandy was the enormous destruction of trees throughout the city. It was estimated that nearly 15,000 trees were uprooted or severely damaged by the storm.
The continued planting of new trees under Mayor Bloomberg's One Million Trees Program must immediately stop. What the Parks Department needs to be doing is conducting inspections of every single tree in the city. Many trees that are still standing may have been significantly weakened by the hurricane, and could fall in future storms and injure or kill somebody.
Inspect the trees, and those that are found to be weakened must immediately be removed. Also, there must be regular maintenance of the trees throughout the entire city with pruning done on a regular basis.
How many more people like Tony Laino need to tragically die before action is taken? His death could have been prevented had the city removed that tree in front of his residence after all of the complaints that had been made by his family and neighbors.