senate Bill S5865A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to removal of raccoons in New York city

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
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
amend and recommit to cities
Jan 04, 2012 referred to cities
Jul 25, 2011 referred to rules

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Mar 20, 2012 - Cities committee Vote

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Absent
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Cities Committee Vote: Mar 20, 2012

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S5865 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8652A
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §17-198, NYC Ad Cd

S5865 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S5865

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 a request for
such removal from a member of the public.

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 progonis).

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.

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

                                  5865

                       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

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 A REQUEST FOR SUCH REMOVAL FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC.
  B. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL COORDINATE THE HUMANE RELEASE OF RACCOONS WITH
THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION,  PROVIDED  THAT  THE  DEPARTMENT
DEEMS  THE  RELEASE  APPROPRIATE,  IN  ACCORDANCE  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.
                                                           LBD13280-01-1

S5865A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8652A
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §17-198, NYC Ad Cd

S5865A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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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 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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