Category Archives: Politics

The Fall of Bill de Blasio and the Future of NYC Shelters

The writing is on the wall; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is pretty much done for. He’s now the subject of multiple federal investigations for various types of improper financial relations (including with NYCLASS, who have recently been subpoenaed.) It’s … Continue reading

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Scott Stringer Under Fire; Spitzer Enters NYC Comptroller Race

I’ve written here repeatedly about Scott Stringer, who authored a document usually referred to just as the “Stringer Report” which has done more than anything I can think of to raise awareness among the political class in New York City … Continue reading

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NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio Puts His Commitments In Writing: Too Little, Too Late?

One of the things that has frustrated me about candidate de Blasio has been his unwillingness to make firm commitments in writing: until recently his website was full of very general platitudes but no specific nuts-and-bolts of his platform positions. … Continue reading

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Thoughts From Today’s Mayoral Forum

I attended today’s forum for NYC mayoral candidates on animal issues in NYC. I was pleasantly surprised to see the forum very well attended by animal activists of all focuses, and this forum was indeed historic: it was attended by … Continue reading

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NYCACC and Political Involvement

I attended the recent New York City Council Health Committee hearing on oversight of New York City Animal Care and Control. I’ll spare you the recap of the meeting because Shelter Reform Action Committee has done their usual excellent job … Continue reading

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New York City Council Meeting on Shelter Oversight

From Shelter Reform Action Committee’s excellent blog comes notice of a NYC council committee meeting next week on the subject of oversight of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and their contractor, New York City’s Animal Care … Continue reading

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Led Astray: Scott Stringer’s Report and the Future of New York City Animal Control

On January 6, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released “Led Astray“, a scathing report on the state of the city’s Animal Care system. I highly recommend reading the report in its entirety, it is worth the read. Led Astray: Reforming … Continue reading

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NYC Feral Cat Regulations: We Were For It Before We Were Against It

Today I attended a hearing of the New York City Council Health Committee as they pondered an amendment to the disastrous Local Law 59 of 2011, which I wrote about extensively back before it was passed – it was then … Continue reading

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The Quick Kill Bill is Finally Dead

Well, it’s been a mixed news week here for the animals of New York. On the bad side, CAARA was voted down in the Agriculture Committee, which was the last opportunity to move it forward this year. Quite a bit … Continue reading

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We Need CAARA Now – UPDATED

UPDATE: The committee vote on CAARA has been moved one last time: it is officially on the schedule for Thursday, May 31. It is imperative that animal loving New Yorkers contact the members of the committee and encourage them to … Continue reading

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