FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION INCREASING PENALTIES FOR DAMAGING OR REMOVING TREES IN A SPECIAL NATURAL AREA DISTRICT
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The seventh bill before me is Introductory Number 927-A, sponsored by Council Members Oddo, Brewer, Gerson, Jackson, James, Koppell, Mark-Viverito, Gonzalez, Gennaro and Liu. Introductory Number 927-A increases the penalties for those who unlawfully remove or damage trees within a Special Natural Area District.
“Special Natural Area Districts are areas recognized by the City’s Zoning Resolution as having unique natural beauty and topographic features that warrant special protection. Introductory 927-A treats the unlawful removal or damage of a tree within these Districts as a major violation of the Building Code, carrying a penalty between $750 and $10,000 and expands liability beyond the owner of the property to include the individual or entity who removes or damages the tree.
“I would like to thank Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and their staff for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation.”
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958