To tree lovers, few things hurt more than watching a healthy tree bite the dust
without due cause.
Soon, there could be less of that going on in the Town of Mamaroneck if a proposal weighed by the Town Board Wednesday night becomes law.
Under the proposal, residents who want to remove trees on their property would have to get town approval – which includes neighbors weighing in – regardless of what size lot it sits on. Currently, only tree removals on lots a half-acre or larger are subject to the town’s OK.
Tree lovers hailed the proposal, calling the practice of arbitrary tree removal “distressing.”
Board members – many tree lovers themselves – though said changing the law would mean a dramatic increase in the number of permits having to be processed and could overwhelm the Town’s already overburdened staff.
Demand is Up for Local Housing Subsidies
In other business, Anna Danoy, who oversees the Town’s federally funded rental assistance program, said demand for local housing subsidies has surged – and there aren’t enough to go around.
“Demand is huge for the limited number of (subsidies) we have to issue right now,” she said.
“We are getting several applications a week where we used to get a couple a month.”
There are currently 1,130 applicants for the 647 housing vouchers the town has to distribute, Danoy said.
The vast majority of people on that list are considered extremely low income, which means they earn not more than 30 percent of the Westchester County medium income (which comes to about $20,000 for an individual), she said. The average rent in the town is about $1,500.