NYC Citizens Anxious About Upcoming City Council Vote to Legalize Beekeeping in NYC

New York, NY, March 12, 2009 --( NYC to Buzz With New Beekeeping Activity Should Bill Pass.

With the recent news that Denver has joined the ranks of major cities that have decriminalized beekeeping, New York City residents are hopeful that an upcoming City Council vote will legalize beekeeping in the Big Apple.

In New York City, beekeeping is considered dangerous and illegal. Bees appear in the City Health Code’s Section 161.01 as part of a list of 150 animals such as bears and alligators that are deemed “naturally inclined to do harm”. Under a new bill sponsored by Councilmember David Yassky, beekeeping will be legal in New York City for residents age 21+ that apply for a 2-year license.

“Many New Yorkers have been lobbying to legalize and license beekeeping in the Big Apple. And growing number of New Yorkers have been turning to beekeeping in order to help honeybee populations, which have been weakened by a mysterious malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder. I myself am making plans for a hive.” says Guillermo Fernandez of The Honeybee Conservancy, a charitable environmental organization working to protect bees. Says Fernandez, “Gardeners have also joined in the movement to save bees by planting more flowers”.

Betsy Van Stolk from Staten Island, New York is considering beekeeping now that it may be legalized, “I’m an avid gardener that has always been interested in beekeeping but knew it was illegal. If beekeeping is legalized, my flower and fruit garden will welcome a new hive!”

The new bill, Int 0920-2009, was introduced to the City Council on 1/28/09 and then submitted to the Committee on Health for review. A decision on the bill is pending.

About The Honeybee Conservancy: The Honeybee Conservancy’s mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, protection and restoration of wildlife habitats and their local species with an emphasis on bees. The Honeybee Conservancy is a powerful network of people passionate about protecting and advocating for bees and all of nature.

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