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Cuthbertson: Public Hearing Not Needed Before Code Amendment Vote

Votes no to hear public comment next month regarding possible bamboo regulation; says his mind is already made up.

On at least one issue, the people's voice means nothing to Huntington Town Councilman .

When voting on whether to schedule a public hearing next month to a Town Code amendment regarding property maintenance nuisances, specifically a proposal to regulate the excessive growth of bamboo, Cuthbertson said his mind is already made up. 

"I have concerns with the motion that we are going to regulate the bamboo," said Cuthbertson, at a meeting at Monday. "I don't know what would be next, poison ivy?" 

Governement regulation works in some cases, but not with bamboo regulation in Huntington, according to Cuthbertson.

"I just think this trying to regulate the growth of bamboo is not the place where Town Board members should go," said Cuthbertson.

Town Councilman Eugene Cook reminded Cuthbertson that Monday's vote was simply to give residents a chance to voice opinion on the bamboo issue before a final vote is taken.

"This is to schedule a public hearing not to decide on the bamboo," said Cook.

Cuthbertson said he's already decided.

"I just want to be very clear that I don't support regulating it at the end of the day," said Cuthbertson.

"Isn't it our job to listen to everyone and hear what they have to say?" said Cook. "I think it's very important."

"The fact is councilman, there are some decisions that I can make right away and I know that I am not going to vote to regulate bamboo," said Cuthbertson. 

"Fair enough," said Cook.

By a 4-1 vote, a March 13 public Town Hall hearing on possible bamboo regulation was approved Monday.

Trish February 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Thanks for the info, Margaret. I will absolutely try to attend. Where are these meetings posted?
BK13 February 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Good post. The rest don't seem to get it. BTW I don't have a bamboo problem. I just happened to do some reading on it - it's a nightmare. And yes, the crime/murder issues are WAY more important, I don't think anyone said they weren't.
Concerned Citizen February 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM
It's time to plant some bamboo at Cuthbertson's.
Kathy DiCarlo November 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I cannot believe the audacity of this council person to believe that his view and his views alone are the voice of Huntington. His statement "what's next poison ivory?" is such an insult to peoples intelligence. I ask you, does poison ivory grow with reckless abandon?, does it grow 3 feet a day?, does it clog cesspools?, does it ruin black top? does it raise concern on perspective property buyers? does it have to be removed by digging up every little piece and chute, in order that it should not return? did governor Cuomo pass legislation outlawing the sale of poison ivory? Well...none of this is true about poison ivory but it is 100 percent true with regards to bamboo. Perhaps Mr. Cuthbertson is totally clueless? I think not. I think Mr. Cuthbertson is content to be where he is for now and forget the people who put him there and the reason he is there in the first place. Need I remind everyone that pacifism does not work. Please do not stick your head in the sand and hope that the problem goes away Mr. Cuthbertson. I implore you to deal with this issue and show some backbone.
Kathy DiCarlo November 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
If you want revenge on your neighbor plant bamboo! It ruins your garden and it decreases the value of your property if a prospective buyer realizes you have it! I would never wish bamboo on anyone even an enemy!

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