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Accusation of Tarrytown Tree Poisoning

A resident reported to Tarrytown police that a dead maple at the end of West Main Street had been the victim of a poisoning.

The police blotter itemizes crimes against people and property, but rarely nature.

Someone came into headquarters to report on August 31 at 11:03 a.m. the possible criminal mischief to a tree planted at the dead end of West Main Street. The citizen had apparently consulted with the village arborist, Dierdre Carsto, who thought the tree seemed to die very quickly and that it was possible that it was poisoned. 

The tree, a red maple, was purchased from the village approximately five years ago and planted in the traffic circle during the construction of Hudson Harbor.

According to Village Administrator Mike Blau, the tree was transplanted from Pierson Park where it had originally been planted by a resident in the name of his brother.  

“During the park design process there was a discussion of moving the tree or having a different tree to be planted in the park dedicated to the brother and move the tree in the circle, but the Village decided against it," Blau said. 

The tree had been a subject of minor controversy for some Hudson Harbor residents. Blau said some objected to the future threat of their river view being obstructed with the growth of the tree, however he was unfamiliar with any recent accusation of poisoning.

The slight tree, visited Monday, indeed looks rough for wear, with dead dried leaves clinging to its branches.

A plaque below the tree, from Tree City USA, reads:

In Memory Of 

My Loving Brother

Frank L. Ciliberti, Jr. 

February 26, 1937 - April 4, 2007

You Will Never Be Forgotten

True Believer September 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
God forbid we obstruct the view of those homeowners !!!!!
Cloudwriter September 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
We have had some pretty dry weather this summer. Many trees around the village look distressed and are already browning and dropping leaves. There are other trees in this picture that also looked like they are not doing too well.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
You're right, there was another sad looking tree in the circle.
RVG September 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The memorial tree in question was mistakenly moved to the circle and should be placed in a more prominent, respectful area - perhaps near Village Hall or the Senior Center. As for True Believer's sarcasm, let it go. "Those homeowners" are Tarrytown residents who pay taxes just like the rest of the community. This is not a town of "First Nation-only" rights.
michael September 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
their condos obstruct my river views to a much larger scale !!!!
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM
shame on you that think the view is more important than a Korean War veteran memorial tree . Where were you sight seeing ? This tree was important to me my family and respect to those that served this country. I hope that the Tarrytown police question the residents that objected to the tree in the first place. The tree in question was examend by the tree wardon for Tarrytown. the other tree was also poisioned trees that are fully blomed do not sudenly die in one weeks time. How un American for someone to do this. Anyone that thinks differently they should serve their country that we live in like so many of us did.
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
So you think if some doesn"t like where a tree is planted they have a right to kill it, so maybe I dont like the cololr of your house but I pay taxes and so I can move it. This is America this is a Democracy not a dictatorship .
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 01:03 AM
And I agree
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Yes you are correct the other tree suddenly died also, funny it was in the sane site plane. Both of these trees were fully blomed and died in the same week trees die back a little at a time if something is wrong with them, not in one week after they are fully bloomed.
Patricia September 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
If a tree dies just plant a new one and burn the old one.
Rich September 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
James - I am sorry to hear about the tree your family planted in memory of your brother. If a fund raising effort is started to replace the tree count me in and you should get one that is as big as your brother deserves for serving our nation. Maybe a 20 foot Colorado Blue Spuce.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Slight correction in what police report had written "as arborist deemed tree poisoned" after talking to Blau who today talked with tree warden. She had noted that tree seemed to die very quickly which could possibly indicate a poisoning.
RVG September 12, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You have misunderstood my message. In my opinion, the tree deserved to be placed in a more appropriate and respectful spot when it was moved from its original location. As for Michael's and so many others' comments on the subject of Hudson Harbor, was the asphalt plant preferable?
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thank you for the follow up however dont you think something is fishy here some one complains that the tree is blocking their view and then the tree suddenly dies if you want to follow up you should ask Mr.Blau who made the complaint and then speak to that person they live in Hudson Harbor.
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
These two trees died sudenly in late May after being fully bloomed the picture you have viewed is recent.
James Ciliberti September 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
to RVG sorry for the misunderstanding. And I will plant another one as soon as I feel that the person responsible has been told that it is a crime and I will prosecute them .
RVG September 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM
James: Regardless of what anyone thinks, moving on is always the best alternative. New business takes care of old business. If I were in your position, I would ask the village to designate an appropriate spot near the Village Hall or Senior Center and have a new tree planted and the plaque moved to that location. The tribute to your brother is the focus. What is shameful, at least to me, is the haphazard manner in which the tree was moved for convenience to a location outside the park, and in the middle of a traffic circle to boot. Where is the dignity in that action? But that's just me. Be well.
James Ciliberti September 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM
KRISTA MADSEN ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW UP ON WHOM MADE THE COMPLAINT TO THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR ABOUT THE TREE BLOCKING THEIR VIEW AND POST THEIR NAME SO WE ALL KNOW OUR UNAMERICAN NIEGHBOR OR ARE YOU JUST LET IT GO AS AN UNFINISHED STORY ? STEP UP TO THE PLATE LIKE YOU SHOULD DO LETS HEAR THE OTHER SIDE INTERVIEW THEM OR ARE THEY HIDING BEHIND A TREE.
Heron September 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The article says that some residents (plural) objected. People can object to something but it doesn't necessarily mean that they poisoned the tree. I'm sorry this happened to the tree you planted for your brother.

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