Under the new village law, residents are prohibited from
planting, growing or maintaining bamboo on outdoor property; indoor
plantings are allowed. The building department has the authority to
issue summonses once a week if the owner fails to get rid of the bamboo
after the initial citation. Violators would face a $350 fine or up to 15
days in jail.
to multiple reports, the village will give residents 30 days to comply
with the new legislation once it goes into effect. It is currently being
filed with the New York Secretary of State.
officials told multiple media outlets that they took action after
receiving complaints from residents about bamboo damaging property. The
Town of Hempstead adopted a similar ban last July after receiving
identical complaints from its residents.
Town officials said in a statement that many residents have displayed
“evidence of damaged tree roots, pipes, sidewalks and even foundations
as a result of out-of-control bamboo growth.”
root structure found in many types of bamboo tends to expand
horizontally, making the plant difficult to maintain and more likely to
cause damage to its surrounding area than other types of plants.