Town Votes Down Bamboo Bill

Legislation to propose fines for wayward bamboo killed for second time.

The Huntington Town Board voted down legislation meant to curb the rampant spread of bamboo for the second time on Tuesday. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Susan Berland, was voted down 3-2 with Berland and Supervisor Frank Petrone in favor.

The legislation calls for stiff penalties should the plant, an invasive species, creep onto town or neighboring private properties. Penalties for the first offense would start at $250 and increase with each subsequent offense to $2,500.

Councilmember Mark Mayoka told the Times of Huntington that he was uncomfortable putting successive penalties on homeowners, calling it unfair and having a possible adverse impact on real estate values.

Councilmember Mark Cuthbertson agreed that the penalties proposed in the legislation were too strict. In February, prior to a public hearing on the first vote, Cuthbertson had vowed to fight legislation regulating bamboo: "I have concerns with the motion that we are going to regulate the bamboo," he said. "I don't know what would be next, poison ivy?"

Berland vowed to continue fighting for regulations, telling Newsday, "bamboo isn't going away and neither am I."

Carla December 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Towering 30'+ oaks surrounding my home from my nieghbors is not only invasive its dangerous and destructive, and their execessively filthy. Let's fine the owners !? Remedy: if it hangs it yours to cut just like all the other abundant foilage. Suffered Damages: thats what the court system is for, now let the wise leadership at the TOH get on with more pressing issues. Memo to Berland: Get a life!
Hikerr December 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I have all evergreen trees on my property, yet I spend a tremendous amount of time and labor raking my yard and clearing my gutters of all of my neighbors leaves. How about a law that makes THEM responsible for clearing my yard and rain gutters.
Bobby Calypso December 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
seeingiperson December 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I think Avalon Bay is invasive-the amount of additional traffic on Park Ave. from new Avalon Bay tenants will make getting into town, in a decent amount of time, almost impossible. So, Ms Berland, while you are fretting about bamboo, I'll be fretting about too much traffic.
Julie December 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Please add Tree of Heaven and Norway Maple to your list. At this time of year English Ivy is the green stuff climbing and killing our beautiful oak trees. Didn't we lose enough of these great trees during superstorm Sandy? Invasives out-compete native plants. For instance, when I removed English Ivy native White Wood Aster appeared along with native insects that attract native birds. There is something everyone can do about invasive plants, and towns have a role to play here...but not to criminalize people (at least not yet). Huntington can start by educating and promoting invasive plant removal. The result will be jobs for people who specialize in removing these invasives; and homeowners who don't maintain their properties will feel the wrath of their neighbors and the free market.


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