senate Bill S5865A

Relates to removal of raccoons in New York city

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 25 / Jul / 2011
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 5865A
  • 20 / Mar / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.400
  • 21 / Mar / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Mar / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8652A
Versions:
S5865
S5865A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add ยง17-198, NYC Ad Cd

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Sponsor 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 prop-
erty.

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 commer-
cial 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 home-
owners call licensed wildlife removal services or licensed private trap-
pers 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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5865--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13280-02-2

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