Free to Bee

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Give bees a chance -- so says a group of renegade beekeepers. They want the city to legalize beekeeping instead of fining people up to $2000 for tending a hive. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer declared his support for beekeeping, calling it a step toward a greener city.

"Free the bees, create honey, create jobs, protect our environment and let's create a real buzz on what is going to be the new movement."

The City Council has yet to hold a hearing on the beekeeping bill but its sponsor, Councilman David Yassky, says he hopes it'll get some traction in the next few months.

"If we are serious about a sustainable city, about a sustainable economy, about greening New York City, then we do it in every little piece of the puzzle."

Reporting by Rachel Senatore

Councilman David Yassky is sponsoring a beekeeping bill
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (R)


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