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$2M Added to Parks Budget for Tree Pruning

The extra maintenance hopes to curb fallen branch accidents.

The City Council this week added $2 million to the Parks Department budget for tree pruning – on top of the $1.45 million already proposed in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget, says the New York Times.

According to the article, the extra money was part of $30 million in last-minute restorations to the parks department’s budget, which would also save four public pools from closure and pay for seasonal park staff members. 

“Tree pruning is something where you don’t see the impact of deferring until there’s a tragedy,” Councilman Brad Lander, D-Park Slope said, according to the paper. “As incidents have shown, there’s a real risk, and, hopefully, getting pruning back on a better schedule will mean New Yorkers will be safer.”

The pruning rotation had been stretched to every 15 years, up from every 7 years in 2008, while during the time, the budget for street-tree pruning contracts dropped from $4.7 million to $1.4 million, says the Times.

The most serious accident involving fallen tree branches in years was when Hinda Segal was killed by a falling branch on Avenue J in Brooklyn in 2003, says the article, adding that the city was ordered to pay $1.6 million for not properly removing the rotten tree.

Rudy July 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
THis is vital. We've seen injuries and fatalities in recent years. Rudy
Robert July 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Curb 'improvements' and bike lanes he has money for but real basic maintenance he cuts...he lives with his head in the clouds (in his private helicopter of course!)
Sara July 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
There will never be enough money for everything. Someone will always be unhappy
Shelly July 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
DOT and Parks operate under separate budgets. Plus, more New Yorkers are killed or injured by cars than by tree branches, so paying for bike lanes and curb improvements are a good investment.
Parksloper July 09, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The Parkside itself is a disgrace. Lots of garbage with only one garbage can in site. Weeds on both sides of the sidewalk growing a couple of feet. I saw one Parks guy with a weed cutter the other day and he did one small area on 3rd st. Growth overhanging on the wall. It should be pruned, cleaned with flowers put in by the trees.

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