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File #: Int 1478-2019    Version: Name: Establishment of an office of animal welfare.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: 11/25/2019 Law number: 2019/204
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the establishment of an office of animal welfare
Sponsors: Justin L. Brannan, Robert F. Holden, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Keith Powers , Ben Kallos, Adrienne E. Adams, Daniel Dromm , Helen K. Rosenthal, Fernando Cabrera , Mark Levine, Francisco P. Moya, Antonio Reynoso, Barry S. Grodenchik, Margaret S. Chin, Donovan J. Richards, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Mathieu Eugene, Paul A. Vallone, Diana Ayala , Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Summary: This bill would establish an Office of Animal Welfare, headed by a Director appointed by the Mayor. The Department would be vested with the power to advise and assist the Mayor in the coordination and cooperation between agencies relating to animal welfare administration, regulation, management, and programs; review and recommend budget priorities relating to animal welfare; prepare an annual animal welfare report; serve as liaison for the City regarding animal welfare; provide outreach and education on animal welfare programs and humane treatment of animals; and perform other duties the Mayor may assign.
Indexes: Other Appointment Required, Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1478-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1478, 3. Int. No. 1478, 4. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019, 7. Committee Report 6/18/19, 8. Hearing Testimony 6/18/19, 9. Hearing Transcript 6/18/19, 10. Proposed Int. No. 1478-A - 11/6/19, 11. Committee Report 10/29/19, 12. Hearing Testimony 10/29/19, 13. Hearing Transcript 10/29/19, 14. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 15. October 30, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 16. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-30-19, 17. Int. No. 1478-A (FINAL), 18. Fiscal Impact Statement, 19. Mayor's Letter
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11/25/2019AJustin L. Brannan City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/25/2019AJustin L. Brannan Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/25/2019AJustin L. Brannan Mayor Bill Signing Scheduled by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/19/2019AJustin L. Brannan Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2019AJustin L. Brannan City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2019AJustin L. Brannan City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2019*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2019*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Health Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2019*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Health Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2019AJustin L. Brannan Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/18/2019*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/18/2019*Justin L. Brannan Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2019*Justin L. Brannan City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2019*Justin L. Brannan City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1478-A

 

By Council Members Brannan, Holden, Koslowitz, Lander, Powers, Kallos, Adams, Dromm, Rosenthal, Cabrera, Levine, Moya, Reynoso, Grodenchik, Chin, Richards, Cornegy, Eugene, Vallone, Ayala and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the establishment of an office of animal welfare

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. The New York city charter is amended by adding a new chapter 23 to read as follows:

CHAPTER 23

OFFICE OF ANIMAL WELFARE

                     § 581. Office of animal welfare. The mayor shall establish an office of animal welfare. Such office may, but need not, be established in the executive office of the mayor and may be established as a separate office, within any other office of the mayor or within any department, the head of which is appointed by the mayor. Such office shall be headed by a director who shall be appointed by the mayor or the head of such department. For the purposes of this section, “director” means the director of the office of animal welfare. The director may appoint deputies and staff within available appropriations.

                     § 582. Powers and duties. a. The director shall have the power to perform the following functions relating to animal welfare:

1. Advise and assist the mayor in the coordination and cooperation among agencies under the jurisdiction of the mayor that are involved in animal welfare administration, regulation, management or programs, including, but not limited to:

(a) Animal shelters;

(b) Sterilization, euthanizing and immunization of animals;

(c) Animal population control;

(d) Licensing and permitting of animals;

(e) Restraining of animals;

(f) Exotic animals;

(g) Rental horse licensing and protection;

(h) Dangerous dog regulation;

(i) Boarding kennel regulation;

(j) Animal abuse and animal abuse registry;

(k) Pet shops;

(l) Zoos, oceanariums, nature conservatories and wildlife refuges;

(m) Disposal of deceased animals; and

(n) Wildlife management;

2. Review, at the request of the mayor, the budget priorities of all agencies for programs related to animal welfare, and recommend to the mayor budget priorities among such programs;

3. No later than January 1, 2021 and annually thereafter, prepare and submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council an annual report of the animal welfare service and program needs in all five boroughs;

4. Serve as liaison for the city regarding animal welfare needs and concerns;

5. Provide outreach and education on animal welfare programs and the humane treatment of animals; and

6. Perform other duties as the mayor may assign.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

 

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