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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

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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