Landscapers are now officially prohibited from working on Sundays and holidays in the Village of New Hyde Park.
The village Board of Trustees voted 3-0 Tuesday to change the village code so that professional landscaping and gardening cannot be done on Sundays and federal holidays. Deputy Mayor Donna Squicciarino and Trustee Donald Barbieri were absent for the vote.
Mayor Lawrence Montreuil said the measure is a piece of “housekeeping,” as a different section of the village code already bans many other kinds of contractors from working on Sundays and holidays.
“It’s just really a clarification of the law,” Montreuil said after Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Before the amendment, the village code only allowed landscaping activity between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on any day of the week.
The change was prompted by recent complaints of a landscaper working on Sundays and disturbing residents, Montreuil said. It has been “commonly understood” by companies that they should not work on Sunday in the village, he said.
“It’s one day out of the week where most people are off from work and they can have peace and quiet without the lawn mowers and leaf blowers and all that making a racket,” Montreuil said.
Some nearby villages restrict landscaping activity to certain hours but do not prohibit it on specific days.
The neighboring Village of Floral Park prohibits landscaping before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on any day. Mineola has a similar rule allowing landscaping activity from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on any day.
The Village of Williston Park allows landscaping between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.