This is the moment that supporters of legalizing beekeeping in NYC have been waiting for.
The Department of Health is proposing changes to it’s Health Code that would once again make honey beekeeping legal in NYC!
Between now and Wednesday, February 3rd, you have the opportunity to lend your voice in support of lifting the beekeeping ban. The Department of Health is accepting both oral and written testimony on their proposed changes (see proposed text below) to Article 161, the section of the Health Code that addresses all “Animal” issues, including bees.
Every voice is important! This proposal by the Department of Health, which would make honey beekeeping legal in NYC, is only happening because you signed the petition, mobilized signatures, contributed research, wrote articles, designed web and print materials, attended or helped to organize the Beekeeper’s Ball, Hidden Hives Tour, Honey Fest, New York Nectar and City Hall Rally during NYC Pollinator Week. Make sure you lend your voice in support of lifting the beekeeping ban in NYC at this vital moment in our campaign!
Give oral testimony: The Department of Health is convening a Public Hearing on Article 161 on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 10am-12pm at the 3rd Floor Boardroom (Room 330), 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.
The Public Hearing is an opportunity for friend and foe of legalized beekeeping to voice their views on the Department of Health’s proposed revision to the code.
If you would like to speak at the Public Hearing, it is recommended you pre-register by contacting Rena Bryant, Secretary to the Board of Health via phone (212.788.5010) or snail mail (125 Worth Street CN-31, NY, NY 10013) by 5pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Be sure to include your full name and phone number. Speakers will be allowed to speak for 5 minutes or less.
Submit written testimony: If you cannot attend the Public Hearing but want to lend your voice in support of the Department of Health’s proposal, you should send your written comments on the proposal (1-2 pages maximum) to Rena Bryant via fax (212.788.4315) email or online between now and 5pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
What then?: After the Public Hearing, the Department of Health will consider all oral and written comments and then present their final proposal for the code’s revision to the Board of Health meeting in March, for their final review. With Board of Health approval of this revision, the revised code will take effect in 30 days. Beekeeping could be legal in NYC this April!
Resources: Below, please find the revised text to the bee code that the Department of Health is proposing, which your testimony should respond to, as well as some tips for giving public testimony.
For any questions, please contact Nadia. Please let us know if you plan to attend the Public Hearing, and feel free to share your written testimony with us…we’d love to hear what you have to say!
Click here for updates and background on Just Food’s NYC Beekeeping Legalization Campaign.