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Extra Large Utility Poles Spark Anger On Long Island

A new, taller utility pole in East Hampton, N.Y., stands next to an existing pole about half the size. (credit: CBS 2)

A new, taller utility pole in East Hampton, N.Y., stands next to an existing pole about half the size. (credit: CBS 2)

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)The installation of huge utility poles on Long Island has sparked outrage among some residents.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported from Port Washington, the 85-foot-tall poles are about twice the size of the average utility pole and support high-voltage cables.

About 900 Port Washington residents have signed a petition demanding their removal. The petition claims the taller poles are dangerous and an eyesore.

But some residents are OK with the taller poles.

“Unless they could put it underground and then clean it up that way. But if this is the way to go, maybe these are a little stronger, maybe they’re a little safer. They’re probably higher and keeps the lines safer,” one resident told Xirinachs.

“Hurricane Sandy came, all the wood ones came down. Maybe these are a little stronger,” said a resident.

PSEG Long Island has said they will continue installing the big poles, arguing they’re needed to ensure electric reliability.

Angry residents have called on the New York State Public Service Commission to intercede.

A meeting to discuss other options and alternatives has been scheduled.

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