Mamaroneck Opposes Geesebuster Demonstration in Harbor Island

Robert Guadagna, founder of Geesebusters, demonstrated his goose scaring technique in Glen Island Park after Mamaroneck officials said the use of Harbor Island Park for the demo was unauthorized.


Update 6:45 p.m. -  Village Manager Richard Slingerland forwarded Patch a copy of Guadagna's proposal to the village, which was submitted on March 31, 2013. He added: "The efforts by persons and organizations to promote the scaring away of geese on a for-profit basis with any company is the promotion of a commercial enterprise." While he said the kite and whistle that was demonstrated to village officials were "very effective," he reiterated that the village was not currently seeking additional proposals for goose scaring tactics. 

Further, he added, "The village is not killing the geese. The board has authorized us to proceed with the USDA only utilizing non-lethal methods."

But the village will not be amending the contract, said Slingerland.

"We have given the USDA the village's directive and they agreed—the present board majority of the village will not allow any geese to be killed as part of this management plan.  I will regularly reinforce that with them."

The village manager said that costs earmarked for the original program—approximately $8,700—would be reallocated to expand the egg oiling program.

"Based on the board’s discussions and my written communications of that policy directive to the USDA they agreed they would not kill the geese. The contract I signed in December outlines the costs separately for goose processing, and we have already agreed with them to reallocate that for egg-oiling only," said Slingerland, continuing, "If an amendment to the contract is required to ensure the geese will not be killed then I will obtain that."

Geesebusters' founder Robert Guadagna gave Larchmont Patch a demo of his patented goose scaring tactic at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle on Monday, a home for Canada Geese, seagulls and other birds.

The demo was initially scheduled to take place in Harbor Island Park, but village officials deemed it an unauthorized use of public space.

Kiley Blackman, of Westchester4Geese, notified both village trustees and others of the demonstration that was requested by Patch on Monday, several hours in advance. Upon receipt of the notification, Village Manager Richard Slingerland determined the demo to be "unauthorized" and a potential violation of Code 260-3 which states that commercial enterprises cannot be conducted in village parks without the written approval of the manager. 

Following a series of contentious emails back and forth between Blackman and Slingerland, the village manager wrote: "If you seek to proceed further, you are undermining a set, step-by-step course of action at this time which the village is coordinating with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is to identify nesting areas and beginning an egg oiling program to prevent any goslings from being hatched by resident geese."  If the demonstration took place, he wrote, village police would be notified.

According to the email from the village manager, several officials had already seen a Geesebusters demo and "were not soliciting proposals at this time." Despite Blackman's argument that the demonstration was for the purpose of being filmed by the media, Slingerland was unmoved.

"Further interference is simply obstruction," he wrote, adding that the village was proceeding with a step-by-step course of action with the USDA as per their contract.

At Monday's Board of Trustees' meeting, Mayor Norm Rosenblum said an amended copy of the contract was not yet available.

Gina von Eiff April 17, 2013 at 01:38 AM
read what and weep - that amendment is exactly what we were asking for what is the problem - we all have the same goal - control the population in a sound long-term approach that doesn't slaughter geese, waste taxpayer money and lays the groundwork for long-term control if you were bothering to understand instead of focusing on a "kill" agenda that hasn't worked in any venue you'd get it
Mary Too April 17, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Stuart- Here for all to see, is yet another example of one of your fabrications. On April 14 I posted, "University of Hong Kong microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung said in an interview in the journal Nature this week that he believes WILD DUCKS AND GEESE are already carrying the virus". In your usual insulting style, you responded, “But seriously Mary, I googled the quote you put up and nothing came up. Considering the amount of times you have been wrong in your posts you might think about putting links up to things when you quote them if you want to establish some credibility.” You went on to foolishly state, “IT IS NOT OUT THERE AS YOU QUOTED IT, I searched it as you put it up, nothing comes up. You do realize what ".........." what these mean don't you? Stuart (et al), I refer you to the second paragraph at http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/ where you will see WORD FOR WORD what I posted on April 14. So tell me Stuart, whose credibility is in question here?
Mary Too April 17, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Batty, I no longer have time to respond to your lunacy, other than to say that your spewing of insults both here and at websites all around the country are notorious.
Patty A April 17, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Stefani, Kim and all others who worked hard to bring this issue to light. It is fantastic news that the "no kill, no removal" amendment to the contract has been written and signed by Singerland and Lowney of USDA. Now the geese and all who appreciate them can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Mary Too April 17, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Patty, maybe I should stop "CARPing" on your typos. I realize that it must be terribly difficult to type with those webbed feet.


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