- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

MONTEBELLO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man is battling his village after he was issued citations for having beehives on his property.

Zev Oster says he keeps two beehives on his Rockland County property in Montebello to pollinate 50 blueberry bushes.

The 39-year-old man says he was ticketed for having the bees without a permit.

Mayor Jeff Oppenheim says the village doesn’t have an issue with the bees. He says Oster didn’t get a permit and went straight to construction.

Oster has created an online petition to let him keep the bees. More than 600 have signed it as of Thursday morning. He says he hopes to eventually plant 1,000 blueberry bushes on the property so residents can pick their own.

Oster is scheduled to address the violations in court on June 24.

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