In September 2021 Bronxville’s Trustees approved a new, more restrictive ordinance regarding gas-powered leaf blowers. The ordinance bans gas-powered leaf blowers eight months of the year. They are allowed from March 15 until May 15 and from October 15 until December 15. The ban can be temporarily revoked during extreme weather events.
As a result, gas-powered leaf blowers are only permitted during the more difficult Spring and Fall clean-up seasons. When they are allowed, they may operate Monday through Saturday 8AM until 6PM. They are prohibited on Sunday. Electric-powered leaf blowers will be permitted all year. This amendment will align Bronxville with dozens of other Westchester communities that have extended restrictions on gas-powered blowers or, in rare instances, banned them altogether.
Background: Since early 2020 grievances about gas-powered leaf blowers have been the number one resident complaint to Village Hall. Concerns include noise pollution, lower quality of life, and negative impacts on our health and environment.
At the request of Mayor Marvin and the Village Trustees, the Bronxville Green Committee spent numerous months evaluating this issue and proposing solutions that protect our health and environment while understanding residents’ desire to manage their personal property as they see fit.