City of Binghamton, New York

Shade Tree Commission


White Ash tree

The Shade Tree Commission is an advisory board for the City of Binghamton made up of seven members, who are charged with studying the problems and determining the needs of the City of Binghamton in connection with its tree planting programs. The Commission is also responsible for helping the Parks and Recreation Department decide what type of trees will be planted in the City each year, and for assisting with the dissemination of news and information regarding selection, planting, and maintenance of trees within the City limits.  In addition, the Commission serves as an advisory body to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and City departments providing reviews and recommendations on private development projects and for public projects.        

The Shade Tree Commission typically meets the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are at 4:45PM and are held in the conference room of the Department of Planning, Housing, and Community Development (4th Floor of City Hall). Please refer to the City Calendar page for meeting dates. 

Contact the City Planner for information at: 772-7028.                                                                                                                                         

Shade Tree Commission Goals for 2015-2020

  1. Develop plans and a budget for treating ash trees infected with emerald ash borer.
  2. Develop plans to deal with other diseased trees (e.g., woolly adelgid in hemlock trees).
  3. Develop plans and prioritized lists for removing dead and dying street trees.
  4. Revitalize the Citizen Pruner Program.
  5. Increase the number of planted street trees sites, especially in low income neighborhoods.
  6. Educate city officials, the Chamber of Commerce, and residents about the value of urban trees for businesses and neighborhoods
  7. Distribute lists of recommended and prohibited trees to nurseries and big box stores.
  8. Work with Cornell Cooperative Extension to encourage more effective planting on private property (off the utility strip). 

In accordance with Chapter 391 of the Code of the City of Binghamton, the Shade Tree Commission is composed of seven members, three (3) appointed by the City Council Public Works/Parks & Recreation Committee, three (3) appointed by the Mayor of the City of Binghamton, and one (1) who shall be the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation or his/her designee.

Name Date Appointed Term Expires Appointed By Position
Richard Andrus 01/01/2014 12/31/2016 City Council Chair
Julian Shepherd 02/25/2013 12/31/2015 City Council Vice Chair
Carolyn Wilczynski 05/15/2012 12/31/2014 City Council Member

Beverly Rainforth

02/25/2013 12/31/2015 Mayor of the City of Binghamton Member
Frank Kirk 05/04/2016 12/31/2018 Mayor of the City of Binghamton Member


    Mayor of the City of Binghamton Member

Paul Palmer

01/22/2016 N/A

Code of the City of Binghamton

(Parks Commissioner designee)

Dr. Juliet Berling N/A N/A

Code of the City of Binghamton

(Planning Director)



Meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the City Calendar page