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.

Patty A April 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Miss M: A person might actually be safer "bunking down" with the geese than venturing to any place with large crowds of people. The geese are peaceful and welcoming. They don't carry guns and make bombs in the marshes. And when the situation calls for it, they are protective of their mates, families and pals. Unfortunately, that doesn't help them when USDA comes to town and the flightless geese are incapable of escape. The USDA has hammers and every goose to them is a nail.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 03:52 PM
No, Mary Too: Every living creature (including humans) "poops." So, what is your plan for killing every bird, squirrel or fish in the parks and water that "poops?" (By the way, have you seen a shrink about your obsession with "poop?")
Miss Mujihum April 16, 2013 at 03:52 PM
@Patty A "....And there are 3 dead people (including an 8-year-old boy) and more than 140 injured after still another incident of human-upon-human violence yesterday." "...The geese aren't coming after you with guns and bombs." Right ...... BUT the geese ARE coming at airplanes with their bodies !!! How many goose hits have occurred (a la U.S. Air 1549) putting human life at extreme risk. This is GOOSE ON HUMAN VIOLENCE !! Also, Do you have any idea how the majority of those who take an interest in this story, recognize that you and your KUMBAYA cohorts are a major laughing stock. Do you people have dogs? ..... do you use a flea collar? .... HOW DARE YOU KILL A FLEA !! There is also new scientific data about "Fecal Transplants" ...... might I suggest you get one ..... use caution because you are so full of pshit, that your eyes are brown, Patty.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 03:57 PM
@Mary Too: If you must know, I broke a couple of fingers on my right hand a few years ago in an accident and they are bent. So yes, typing presents some challenges. Amazing that a day following a massacre on our fellow human beings by another human, you rant about goose "poop" and typos.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Miss M: Why don't you do some actual RESEARCH on the flight 1549 incident? If you did, you would learn (from CNN and other sources) that the plane had "engine stall" problems on the previous flight and almost had to emergency land. In fact, this particular plane model was known for engine stall problems. You would also learn that the TWO geese this airliner colldided with were MIGRATORY GEESE FROM LABRADOR, CANADA. We could have killed EVERY resident goose in the US and it would NOT have prevented this incident. The "Miracle on the Hudson" calamity is just one more example of how thousands of resident Canada geese have been ruthlessly scapegoated and slaughtered without making even one human "safer." By the way, my eyes are green, not "brown." But, don't let facts cloud your hysteria.
Miss Mujihum April 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
@"Pity" A .. You really are a piece of work ...... LMFAO, "The two geese were from Canada" !!!!! ... OMG, did you check their passports, little lady ??? BTW, Only a brain dead liberal would EVER believe anything that CNN has to say (Please, Don't give me the 'Fox Lies' propaganda) !!! Just yesterday, CNN said the stock market dropped over 200 pts b/c of the bomb in Boston. That was a bit difficult since the almost entire drop occurred BEFORE the blast ever occurred. So much for those liberal asshats at CNN. Now you are giving us some B.S. about compressor stalls in jet engines .... a common, almost daily occurrence world wide. Flight 1549 had a compressor stall on Jan 13th and in The Aviation Journal it states the folliwing: "About 10 minutes later (after the stall) the captain announced, that it was compressor stalls, nothing unusual, and that they'd continue to destination, where the airplane landed without further incident. SO MUCH FOR YOUR EMERGENCY LANDING !! lmao !! You have been caught in another libturd lie Patty, HAVE YOU NO SHAME !! Maybe YOU should do better investigating before spewing verbal diarrhea. Liberal brainwashed zombies and stupid college kids believe this type of drivel .... No one else does. You are dismissed !!
Kim April 16, 2013 at 05:15 PM
For a scientific explanation of how the birds were identified as from Labrador Canada see this article http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2009/06/migratory-canada-geese-brought-down-flight-1549/
Kim April 16, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Also read this http://www.mnh.si.edu/highlight/feathers/ Why would you think it is such a "mystery" to identify where a bird came from in a bird strike? The birds do, in fact, carry passports. It is called forensic evidence.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 05:32 PM
@ Miss M: Please learn to read. I said, "almost had to emergency land." As for more on double engine stall in these types of planes, you might read this which is not from the "liberal" CNN: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/tech_ops/read.main/246674/ As for the fact that vitually every comment you post mentions, "poop, dung or diarrhea" it seems you really need help. Do you suffer from IBS or did your mom slap you on the toiliet the moment you dropped from the womb?
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Either the geese are "lazy loafers" who never go anywhere or they are busy attacking airliners in the skies. But, they cannot be both as Tutu and Hum,hum would have everyone believe.
Mary Too April 16, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Patty, your morbid remarks about horrific events in order to boost your goose campaign is disgusting, disrespectful and sick. If there is anyone here that is need of therapy, it is you. You have certainly earned the name, "Batty Patty". You are a disgrace!
Mary Too April 16, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Geez, I wish that someone oiled Patty's egg before she hatched.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Mary Too -- Just paying attention to current events. You know, the "real world" in which we live? As for your name-calling, that seems to be your specialty here. There seems to be not one poster here whose view you did not agree with that you and gal pal "M" have not insulted and called names. The obvious rantings of small minds.
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Good thing this injured goose wasn't in Mamaroneck: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/13/4772888/real-wild-goose-chase-ends-in.html
Miss Mujihum April 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
@Kim Read the articles: As usual, the words "probably" and "may have" and "hypothesize" are the buzzwords. Someone (in a post above) chided the fact that "Science deals in facts". So, Kim....... 'probably', 'maybe' don't cut the mustard. But, you dreamers will hang your hat on anything you can to advance your goose non-sense. I just saw another post above by PityA ...... OMG she is against killing chickens ........ Weirdo of the Month Award !!! Her home must be infested with vermin that she will not kill. She reminds me of the Stamford chimp lady, lol.
Miss Mujihum April 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM
@Pity A, English do you speak it mo-fo ?? Nowhere was it reported the plane "ALMOST HAD TO EMERGENCY LAND" ..... You fabricated that lie all by yourself and got caught !! Now you are trying to weasel out !! What other lies have you spread, lady ??? It's known fact that liberals will tell any lie to advance their loony agenda. Mary Too, Speaking of egg oiling, controlling the goose population ....... If ever I saw a reason for birth control: Patty A is it !!!!
Kim April 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I would love to re-read those articles, and I would love to stay here and debate with you, but I'd rather read this http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us/Pages/MamaroneckNY_News/01AC3052-000F8513 I am DONE here. DONE. And sooooo ready to move on!
Patty A April 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Miss M -- Take up your useless tirades with CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/19/hudson.plane.folo/index.html?_s=PM%253AUS
Miss Mujihum April 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Kim .... Like everything, Time marches on. It will be a battle to be revisited again .... just like gun control. It's not over till the fat lady sings.
SRT April 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Stefani, This discussion's goose has been cooked. It has degenerated into name calling and insults. Please stick a fork in it or remind folks of your terms of service
MARY April 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Kim, Patty, Stuart, Nora, Allison, Gina http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us/Pages/MamaroneckNY_News/01AC3052-000F8513 Read it a weep. LOL
SRT April 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Kim, congratulations! you did a great job in the face of a lot of ugliness, you deserve a lot of credit. Thank you
Stefani Kim April 16, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Hi All, I apologize for coming to the comments a bit late but I want to remind everyone that name calling and personal attacks are against the Patch Terms of Service—please let's keep the discussion on topic. I will be posting an updated story in the morning. Best, Stefani
Allison April 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Bottom line on complaints of field condition is clean fields = Rake o vac + use
Mary Too April 17, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Stuart, you are the ultimate hypocrite! You have the gall to go whining to Stefani about insults, when you are obsessed with tossing out degrading, undue insults about our HONORABLE Mayor. Those of us familiar with your pranks know that the only reason that you attack the mayor is because he has the backbone to stand up to you when you try to interject your own personal agenda into BOT meetings, and you do it when the meeting is closed to public comment. Let me refresh your memory. Here is a sampling of your comments on various Patch web pages: 3/16 “the Mayor makes stuff up to fit his arguments” 4/9 “it is fine for the Mayor to sit on the dais and regularly either tell outright lies to the public or demonstrate his ignorance of the facts” 3/25 “Going forward folks should realize that the Mayor will say anything, anytime if he thinks it will benefit his position” 4/10 “No need to mention the Deputy Mayor as a problem. He is tool a tool of the Mayor” 4/10 “Mary Too, like the Mayor and Deputy is prone to exaggeration and misrepresentation” 4/13 “Stop yelling and please educate yourself so you can make a rational argument without resorting to hyperbole. You sound like our Mayor” 4/16 “Mary, unlike yourself and the Mayor I come to the table with facts and I don't lie” You may be able to get the interlopers to buy your B.S., but residents of the village, democrats and republicans alike, joke about your foolish BOT performances.
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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