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Okla. Tree Removal Company Helping On Long Island Reports Threats, Vandalism

Downed trees in Woodbury, Long Island as a result of Sandy (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Downed trees in Woodbury, Long Island as a result of Sandy (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – An Oklahoma tree cutter who came to Long Island to help with superstorm Sandy clean-up said he has been threatened and sabotaged by vandals.

Paul Nosak, the owner of a tree removal company, said for the most part, Long Islanders have welcomed him and been gracious. But he said he has gotten threatening a voicemail demanding that he leave.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reports

“Go back to Oklahoma and everything will be fine. What the [expletive] are you even doing here?” the message said. “You’ll be helping by leaving!”

Nosak said police have been able to track down the man behind the call.

“Yesterday, there was an arrest based on the guy who called threatening me, telling me that he was going to cut my hydraulic hoses,” he told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

But Nosak said police are still searching for whoever is responsible for damaging his trucks.

“We got three slashed tires and then we had air hoses that were cut to the back of our truck. These are the air supply lines that go to the brakes. Then we had one of our vehicles, we found mud in the fuel tank,” Nosak told Hall.

Nosak said he doesn’t understand the sabotage, since he is on Long Island to help out.

“I’m an American company. Yeah, I’m incorporated in Oklahoma, but right now my CPA has filed papers for us to pay taxes in New York,” he told Hall.

Nosak said his tree removal business is working with a temporary license from Suffolk County.

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