No damages shall be awarded for the destruction of infested or infected trees, shrubs,
plants and vines, host plants or other material under the provisions of this article
except as follows: any person deeming himself aggrieved may, within six months after
the destruction occurs, present to the commissioner a verified claim setting forth
the grounds of his grievance and the amount of his damages, which claim shall be determined
by the commissioner after giving due consideration to any benefits which have accrued
or may accrue to the claimant by reason of such destruction, as an offset to the amount
of the claim. The determination of the commissioner may be reviewed in the manner provided by
article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules.
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