Bill S5865A-2011

Relates to removal of raccoons in New York city

Relates to removal of raccoons in New York city; requires the New York city department of health and mental hygiene to remove any raccoon upon receiving notice from a member of the public that such a raccoon has created a nuisance on outdoor public or private property and to effectuate humane release thereof.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 21, 2012: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Mar 22, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 21, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 20, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.400
  • Mar 12, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 5865A
  • Mar 12, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • Jul 25, 2011: REFERRED TO RULES

Meetings

Calendars

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Cities - Mar 20, 2012
Ayes (4): Lanza, Grisanti, Robach, Avella
Ayes W/R (1): DeFrancisco
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5865A

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the removal of raccoons

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The legislation will require the New York City Department of Health to respond to requests for removal of raccoons upon outdoor public or private property.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section 17-198 that will require the Department of Health to ensure the prompt removal of any raccoon from any outdoor public or private property upon receiving notice from a member of the public that a raccoon or raccoons have created a nuisance at such property.

Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

Raccoons have become an increasing menace to residents of the city of New York and their numbers continue to rise. These animals are very industrious when it comes to foraging for food and create a health hazard as a result of breaking into locked as well as unlocked commercial and residential garbage bins and spread waste over wide areas in their paths. In addition, many of these animals are aggressive and have posed dangers to citizens and domesticated animals. This includes the spread of disease since these animals are common carriers of rabies, canine distemper and the very dangerous raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis).

At present, the city provides no assistance to property owners who find raccoons on their properties, unless the animals are reported as rabid. 311, as well as the Animal Care and Control, merely suggest that homeowners call licensed wildlife removal services or licensed private trappers which cost upwards of $250 and much more to remove a raccoon from a particular property.

Given the clear health hazard and danger to public safety presented by these animals, the Department of Health should be required to provide assistance to property owners who ask to have such animals removed.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5865--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE July 25, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- recommitted to the Committee on Cities in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the removal of raccoons THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-198 to read as follows: S 17-198 RACCOON REMOVAL. A. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ENSURE THE PROMPT REMOVAL OF ANY RACCOON FROM ANY OUTDOOR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY UPON RECEIVING NOTICE FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC THAT A RACCOON OR RACCOONS HAVE CREATED A NUISANCE AT SUCH PROPERTY. B. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL COORDINATE THE HUMANE RELEASE OF RACCOONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION, PROVIDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS THE RELEASE POSES NO THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY, IN ACCORD- ANCE WITH THE RULES OF THE DEPARTMENT. C. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.

Discuss!

blog comments powered by Disqus