Tree Down In Scarsdale

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Scarsdale Wants To Tighten Tree Removal Rules

March 13, 2018 - 3:17 pm

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A public hearing will be held in Scarsdale on changes to the village's code regarding the removal of trees.

Part of Scarsdale's charm is its lush canopy of trees, but there's also a down side. 

When the winds howl and the trees fall they can take down power lines with them. Just this month, many Scarsdale residents were in the dark for 10 days following the March 2 nor'easter.  

Robert Berg, who is running for village trustee, thinks homeowners should be able to protect themselves.

"It's happened time and time again in Scarsdale.  This is not an isolated occurrence," said Berg, who is opposing a village plan to tighten the code for removing trees. "It makes sense to try to storm-proof your town by encouraging residents to take down potentially problematic trees on their property."

He thinks residents should have more latitude.  

"These are healthy trees that just fall down in these massive wind storms," Berg said.

In a letter to the editor posted on Patch, Berg said the town's Tree Preservation Ordinance "will impose high fees and burdensome restrictions on our right to cut down trees on our own private property for legitimate reasons."

The assistant village manager, who did not want to be recorded, said Scarsdale wants to enhance its tree code to preserve its character.