Two Lynbrook beekeepers say they plan to sue the village after officials seized their hive and 20,000 bees last month, calling it an “infestation.”
Daryl Altman, 61, and her partner, Robert Shepard, 58, have kept bees in a box hive in their backyard since April 2016. Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick said the seizure occurred after the village received a neighbor’s report of bees swarming in their garage and children’s play equipment, adding that the village assumed the bees on the neighbor’s property came from Altman’s hive.
Acting on a section of village code that says “grounds, buildings and structures shall be maintained free of insect, vermin and rodent harborage and infestation,” officials sent notices to Altman requesting to inspect the property.
Altman’s attorney, J. Lee Snead of Bellport, wrote back to the village, saying the bees were not an infestation, and the village employee or consultant was not allowed to enter the property or remove anything from it.
“You cannot construe a well-kept beehive as an infestation,” Altman said. “Those bees were like our pets, they were like our pals.”
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