Tomorrow, October 6th at 10:00 a.m., Melissa will chair a hearing of the Parks & Recreation Committee regarding the protection of parks users and pedestrians from damaged trees. Over the past few years, there have been a number of tragic incidents related to trees, one of the most recent being the death of Gianna Ricciutti, a six month old who was killed by a falling tree branch in Central Park this past summer. The hearing will be held at 250 Broadway on the 14th Floor.
The hearing will focus on the Parks Department’s process for tree inspections and maintenance, if the current resources dedicated to Central Park tree maintenance is sufficient, what oversight the Department has over non-profit entities that manage public parks within the City and what steps are being taken currently for the upcoming winter season.
The Committee will also hear testimony on Int 311 a bil introduced by Staten Island Council Member Jimmy Oddo, which will require the notification of a tree planting in front of schools, hospitals, day care and senior centers, physical rehabilitation centers, and other locations where services are provided to children, older adults or disabled individuals.
This will be a busy month for the Parks Committee as we will hold two more joint hearings — one with the Health Committee on the proposed smoking ban in public parks and beaches and the other with the Sanitation Committee regarding clean up from recent severe storms in New York City.
Stay tuned for a new Parks Committee blog to be launched by our office, which will focus solely on the Committee and parks-related news citywide.