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PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT ON LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE HONEYBEE KEEPING...
Release Date: October 25, 2017

The Greenburgh Town Board will hold a public hearing tonight (10/25) after 7:30 PM on a proposed law to allow for honeybee keeping in the town.  (see link below to proposed law). Our Town Board meetings always start at 7:30 PM but the public hearings begin after some presentations—probably after 8 PM. Your comments on this proposed legislation are welcome.  The hearing takes place at Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave, White Plains.

LINK TO PROPOSED LAW…

http://agendaquick.greenburghny.com:8081/docs/2017/TBR/20171025_833/3783_Local%20Law%20Chapter%20285%20Bee%20Keeping%20Town%20of%20Greenburgh.pdf

 

SOME FACTS ABOUT HONEYBEES

Honeybee Facts : Pollination --Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination. Without such pollination, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables.  Pollen: Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive. Pollen is the male germ cells produced by all flowering plants for fertilization and plant embryo formation. Honey: Honey is used by the bees for food all year round. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon its nectar source. The bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants. Honey is an easily digestible, pure food. Honey is hydroscopic and has antibacterial qualities. Eating local honey can fend off allergies. Beeswax   Secreted from glands, beeswax is used by the honeybee to build honey comb. It is used by humans in drugs, cosmetics, artists’ materials, furniture polish and candles.   Propolis    Collected by honeybees from trees, the sticky resin is mixed with wax to make a sticky glue. The bees use this to seal cracks and repair their hive. It is used by humans as a health aid, and as the basis for fine wood varnishes.  Royal Jelly  The powerful, milky substance that turns an ordinary bee into a Queen Bee. It is made of digested pollen and honey or nectar mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in a nursing bee’s head. It commands premium prices rivaling imported caviar, and is used by some as a dietary supplement and fertility stimulant. It is loaded with all of the B vitamins.

 

 

LINK TO DISCUSSION WITH BEEKEEPING ENTHUSIAST DYLAN MARTIN ABOUT HONEYBEES  WITH TOWN BOARD IN JULY

The Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Dylan Martin’s powerpoint presentation is attached. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance. The keeping of honeybees is more commonly becoming a hobby and passion of people with this specific interest and people concerned about the national decline in honeybee populations.

A link to the discussion can be found below:  discussion on this topic starts 1 min and 17 seconds into video

PAUL FEINER

 

http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/07252017-1353

 

 

THESE ARE COMMENTS I RECEIVED FROM RESIDENTS IN JULY

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:06 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

In general, I think that agricultural animals should not be prohibited. In the case of bees, I would think it should depend on the size of the property and whether neighbors are allergic

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:03 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Yes lift the ban.

From:

Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:03 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Hi Paul,

 

A couple of years ago, Doyle and I actually wrote you about this topic to see if beekeeping was allowed in Greenburgh, because we would love to have one in our yard. Based on this email, we understand that at this time it is not.

 

We adamantly support the opportunity for residents to keep hives on their private property and places like the Nature Center or Hart's Park to also be able to do so. I'm not sure what the one student's concern was, as I can't access the video, but the only thing I can think of are stings and as the PDF indicates bees only sting if threatened. A bee dies when it stings so it is a last resort.

 

Thank you for looking into this and consider us as supporters.

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:51 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Bees

 

Yes allow beekeeping  however some limitations to regulate hive density in each area. Therefor beeskeeping  would be ok  reguardless of lot size.

Permits would be required or oversee this.

Low cost annual fees  to cover some labor in the fee process.

For most the fad for beekeeping will pass  and  reduce cost of permit work Permits first come firs served to cover density restrictions Is there an empty space to set up hives for those who are shut out bt density rules on their home blocks Permits for these areas could state that these permits can be cancelled for any reason  or no reason to make the land available to the town at any time.

For those with a life threatening sting allergy  

Density restrictions though useful will not mitigate ther fears even though honey bees are very mild mannered Perhaps filing a medial document which would further limit hive density in their areas Would make it fairer but not mollify fears A bee expert would know if this limitation would limit neighborhood bee traffic Or if concentrating hives in an area, not allowing home hives would work better to regulate bee traffic

 

Have there been legal cases regarding the issue of beekeeping  in nys or across the country?

Cases on similar issues

Sincerely

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley"

Date: July 26, 2017 at 12:43:20 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

100% in favor.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (7 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

 

From:

Date: July 26, 2017 at 7:12:36 PM EDT

To: "Paul J. Feiner supervisor" <feiner98@aol.com>

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

How is it allowed in Irvington and not in Greenburgh?

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 7:39:20 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

                                                              

 

I support beekeeping!

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (13 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 10:14:06 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

 

                                                              

 

Love the idea of local honey. Definitely should be allowed.

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 10:24:13 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

 

                                                              

 

Honeybees are not aggressive and pose little hazard to neighbors. I think it's a great idea and should be allowed.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (15 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

  

 

               

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 5:38:32 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

 

                                                              

 

I dunno. if they can do it in brooklyn for heaven's sake we can do it here.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (12 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

                 

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 5:16:12 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

 

                                                              

 

It would be difficult and expensive to police. It would require permitting and training. A mistake could endanger the neighbors.

 

 

 

                 

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 5:00:04 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

 

                                                              

 

To add to my previous response - unqualified yes.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (10 replies):

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 1:24:03 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

The Village of Irvington Committee that reviewed the Comprehensive Plan recommended that beekeeping and chickens may be allowed in the Village with some restrictions..

                 

                 

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 4:19:06 PM EDT

Definitely should be allowed!

 

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:42 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: honeybees

 

Hi Paul,

 

I’m a big proponent of backyard beekeeping; unfortunately it’s prohibited here in Dobbs Ferry.  My husband is allergic to bee stings but we still practice organic landscaping and organic vegetable gardening in the hope of attracting more bees to our area and helping them rebuild their population.  My husband knows how to manage his allergy and he understands which plants are usually filled with bees at certain times of the year.  Familiarity, experience, and education are invaluable when it comes to living side-by-side with all members of our ecosystem.  I’m delighted to see you exploring this important issue.

 

Best,

Dobbs Ferry

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 11:42:28 AM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

                                                              

 

I think it's a great idea. My daughter had rooftop hives on her house in Brooklyn years ago. The bees are crucial to our environment, and the honey is great. I grew up a few miles from an apiary and we always had local honey on the counter. When we moved to Greenburgh I was very upset to learn that it was not an option.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (4 replies):

                                                               

 

Absolutely, the Town should do everything in its power to promote sustainability and the environment. We need bees for our crops!!!!

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (5 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 11:58:56 AM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

Brilliant idea. Great for the environment. Edgemont Honey!

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (6 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin.  

                 

 

 

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:14 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

The town board discussion of honey bees failed to provide a clear definition. I understand there are many varieties. Are some more dangerous than others? If beekeeping is allowed the code should define allowable species.

 

 

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:05 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Beekeeping in Greenburgh

 

Dear Mr. Feiner,

 

In response to your recent post regarding beekeeping, I wanted to express my support for beekeeping in Greenburgh.

 

There have been a number of apparently illegal beekeeping efforts here in Irvington. One of those was my own. I was unaware of the ordinance when I attempted beekeeping several years ago.

 

I decided to become a beekeeper because I am also a gardener and fruit tree grower and I had hoped the honey bees would aid our native pollinators. I was also interested in harvesting honey.

 

I can personally attest to the fact that my neighbors were completely unaware of my beekeeping activities. Bees roam far and wide in their quest to collect pollen. I suppose I could imagine a situation where bees might discover flowering plants near my hives but those plants could just as easily be discovered by bees coming from far away. (Stone Barns is a likely source of honeybees in Greenburgh).

 

Honeybees are gentle and have little interest in stinging people. A sting from a honeybee results in the death of that bee. The exception to this, of course, is when bees perceive an attack on the hive. This is why beekeepers utilize smoke to calm the bees and wear appropriate clothing when handling the bees. I have been stung numerous times but always by solitary bees that some how got under or through my clothing. Even though I have a mild allergy, I quickly recovered from those stings.

 

It's true that honeybees occasionally swarm when a new queen leaves the hive. This occurs when a hive has matured sufficiently to produce new queens. But as you'll read below, this is not a common occurrence because hives frequently head the opposite direction. 

 

Sadly, I discovered beekeeping can be frustrating. Two different times my bees experienced colony collapse disorder and a third time they failed to live through the winter due to lack of food. I attribute this last problem to the fact that homeowners have planted so many non native plants and grass lawns.

 

I suggest that the Town modify its ordinance to allow beekeeping in areas of the Town that are not too densely populated. I think beekeepers should also be required to notify their neighbors so that younger children are made aware of the presence of hives. Lastly, beekeepers should be required to post a sign providing notice to people who may be severely allergic.  Again, it is highly unlikely that a severely allergic person would venture close to an active hive but signage would be a simple solution.

 

In sum, the benefits of beekeeping far out weigh the negatives.

 

Sincerely,

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:55 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Personally I enjoy honey. I listened carefully and I understand the value of protecting them.  At the same time I know by experience they can be annoying. I live across from Sams club and I know there is a hive some where local. I watch the honey bees come back each spring to gather pollen. For the most part I leave them to their endeavor.  But I have an area in my back yard where they gather in numbers searching the garden. This unfortunately causes a problem for me keeping the area weeded. My neighbor has a vine growing plant that tens to wrap around my bushes and plant. I try to keep up to prevent the plant from being strangled, besides taking up unnecessary  plants. The bees will buzz and once or twice bump me. Its hard to avoid since the plans and bushes a close together.

 

I agree using the nature center as test area but I still have my reservations of having the bees close to my property.

 

Thanks!

From:

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:53 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: bee keeping video

 

Paul,

 

I watched the video of the beekeeping info.  I definitely do not think this is something that should be blanketly allowed in Greenburgh for all residents.

The bees do travel a distance from the hive.  If everyone surrounding a single house on our typical 1/4 acre lots had bees, the house that did not would be overrun with

bees flying back and forth.  The people who spoke live north –in Bedford – where there are acre lots and larger.  The only thing I think makes sense, if anything, is to have

bees at the Town Hall and maybe at the Nature Center.  Perhaps they could be run like a community garden where people take care of them to get the experience. 

Also, I am very suspect of the idea of this gentleman who came to promote this – he is going to benefit by selling the honey for himself!  Part of the upside of taking care of bees

is getting the honey – why give it away?  There is probably good reason for all Westchester counties to not allow this – how about letting other towns take the lead and

see how they do – remember what happened in Hastings with the deer population experiment?

If you want to help bees, plant some flowers – I have hundreds of them in my hydrangeas and they don’t fly anywhere else!

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:40 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

I believe my wife and I could be in for a test group, if a bee keeper wants to use

My propriety.

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:51 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Cc: Anne Jaffe holmes; Greg Wechgelaer

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Hi Paul,

 

Pls note that we currently have active hives at the GNC that produce delicious honey!

Greg Wechgelaer, ass't director of education, is our apiary expert.  We would be happy to provide any information or program to benefit out town residents.

 

I have copied both Anne and Greg on this email.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincere and best regards,

 

Margaret Tjimos Goldberg

Executive Director

Greenburgh Nature Center

99 Dromore Road

Scarsdale, New York 10583

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 25, 2017 at 6:48:01 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

Why is it not allowed??

If policies are followed and papers permits in order then why not

We need to encourage community ties that bind/bond to allow everyone to Thrive

Good Luck

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (1 reply):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

Oh Paul, there are problems with the bees. Check it out. There is an issue, they are dying. So anyone who has bees, and helps them, that is great, that keeps them going, so that we all have them. So that they pollinate. I don't have bees, but I have a hydrangea and butterfly bush that bring them in and it's great to see them all, If you don't bother them, they won't bother you. I know some folks have a bad reaction to bees, but then they need to stay away from them, and I think they do.

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:33 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

This is great, this is something my husband and I have been interested in. 

 

         

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:36 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Go for it done right there are many areas with enough space. Many sections of town are to tightly inhabited but some are very accommodating if an owner is a bee activist. Zoning Board should say house or beehive keeper needs to have at least 3/4 or more of an acre of space. They want a honeybee colony they need to buy a place with that kind of space. Somebody wants to put a hive on my place which is perfect location I'll rent them space. Lol for that to happen.

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:37 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: RE: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

I support Bees.  We need more Bees.  They have been on the decline so I support them anywhere and everywhere

 

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:37 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

we should have bee keeping they are declining in numbers and we should do all we can to help them survive

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:42 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Yes

 

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:52 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

ABSOLUTELY

I wouldn't want my neighbors to have a hive but I think it could be done in a responsible way in some kind of remote setting

We need the bees

Perhaps we can find a way for the nurseries and farms to set aside space

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:53 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Why not? As long as the beekeeper knows what s/he is doing, lift the restrictions. If something goes awry, stop that beekeeper from keeping bees.

 

From:

Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:03 PM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Absolutely yes!!!!!!

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 5:19:34 AM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

I think it is a great idea. Helps the environment, produces local honey and allows people to freely practice their hobby.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (2 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 11:35:29 AM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

                                                              

 

No, I would be worried about someone not doing the right thing and creating a hazard. Maybe it is a good suggestion for the nature center though.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (3 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 27, 2017 at 2:02:39 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

Great idea, support the environment!

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (17 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 27, 2017 at 3:16:17 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

Yes it should be allowed. What are we going to do stop or not try everything because someone can make a mistake. Correcting mistakes is how we learn.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (19 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 7:39:20 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

I support beekeeping!

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (13 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 10:14:06 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

Reply-To: reply+GEZDGOJYGE2DGX3QOJXWI5LDORUW63S7KBHVGVC7GU4DGNRVGEZTG===@ardsleyny.nextdoor.com

 

                                                               

 

Love the idea of local honey. Definitely should be allowed.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (14 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

   

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 26, 2017 at 10:24:13 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

 

Honeybees are not aggressive and pose little hazard to neighbors. I think it's a great idea and should be allowed.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (15 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

                 

                 

 

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

Hi Paul,

 

It’s really important with the overuse of pesticides, to keep our polinators alive and healthy.  I totally support local honeybees, and the education of people to understand the importance of these docile bees in the yards.  I have a small bumble bee hive below the steps of my front stoop, they come and go and don’t bother the family or pets.  Most visitors would never notice them.  Along with your composting initiatives, and promoting the use of native plants  at home and in public spaces,  honey bees are an asset to the community.  You can easily visit the hives at Stone Barns on 448 in Pocantico Hills, and learn more from them!

 

Best regards,

                                              

 

Yes! We need to help the pollinators.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (18 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

Date: July 28, 2017 at 4:37:17 PM EDT

To: feiner98@aol.com

Subject: Re: should town allow beekeeping? what do you think? tt's currently not allowed but honeybees are declining

                                                              

 

I'm in favor! The Greenburgh Nature Center has had great success with beekeeping and has offered a series of classes on how to do it. That could be repeated for interested people. It might also help people understand the importance of native plants. At the Nature Center, honey production increased dramatically when the Native Wildflower Meadow was created. The availability of native flowering plants made the bees very happy and productive.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (21 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

                 

                 

 

From: "Nextdoor Ardsley" <reply@rs.email.nextdoor.com>

                                                              

 

Paul we had a few hives as kids, were unsuccessful, but they are a benefit to our community. Risks of getting stung are greater from yellow jackets and other wasps, which are more aggressive. I fully support honey bees in our communities!

 

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Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 10:46 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Subject: Re: SHOULD BEEKEEPING OF HONEYBEES BE ALLOWED IN GREENBURGH--SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE LIFTED?

 

Paul - I listened to the discussion and reviewed the slides.  I support allowing honeybees in Greenburgh provided there are appropriate regulations, such as setbacks.  Thanks, Bill

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Yes I am in agreement. I found this honeycomb in the back of my apartment building in Dobbs Ferry. It was vacant and sadly on the ground were about 20 dead bees. Don't know too much about bees but something didn't seem right. So yes we must saves the bees!

 

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (24 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

               

 

                                                               

 

Hugh Schwartz, what are the dangers? There are more wasp and yellow jacket stings than bee stings. The danger is ignorance. Bees are much like most wild animals when left alone, passive.

Original post by Paul Feiner from Ardsley (25 replies):

Today the Greenburh Town Board heard a presentation by beekeeping enthusiast and entrepreneur Dylan Martin. Presently, beekeeping in the Town of Greenburgh is prohibited, per the Zoning Ordinance....

Jul 25 in General to 17 neighborhoods

 

  

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