City Council member David Yassky just introduced a bill that would create a process for beekeeper licensing in NYC. Currently its illegal as they are considered "wild animals." The ban persists despite the creation of federal policy which promotes beekeeping such as the Pollinator Habitat Protection Act of 2007 and Pollinator Protection Act of 2007. Yassky is sponsoring an amendment to the City's administrative code which would allow the Comissioner of Health to issue, deny, suspend and revoke licenses, as well as penalize non-compliant beekeepers (those are the worst). More info, including ways to support it, can be found at Just Food, who has been working on this along with the Council Member.