The sight of dog waste littering the streets is one of the more depressing things about New York City, especially as summer approaches. As we near the 35th anniversary that the city’s “pooper scooper law” went into effect, John Quaglione, a candidate for New York City Council’s 43rd Council District seat, is also disgusted by all the crap and wants the city to take a more pro-active approach in fighting it, according to Brooklyn News.
Quaglione, a Republican looking to unseat 10-year council veteran Vincent Gentile, has suggested that the city reverse the policy that stopped the printing of “Please Clean Up After Your Dog” signs, which once cast a more ubiquitous presence throughout our neighborhoods.
“I can tell you as a father, who enjoys taking my daughter out for a walk in the carriage, I am very disturbed by the amount of dog litter I find as I travel around the community. That is why I am calling on Sanitation Commissioner [John] Doherty to reconsider this policy and start placing these signs in the areas that residents are requesting them,” Brooklyn News reported Quaglione as saying.
Bensonhurst Bean recently wrote about the hazardous effect that unattended dog waste has on community members who rely on wheelchairs, canes and walkers, making it difficult for disabled children and seniors to navigate the streets. According to Quaglione, the message isn’t getting through.
He noted that the Department of Sanitation’s policy regarding the signs consists of replacing ones that are faded, as opposed to putting up brand new ones in new locations. He believes that this is the reason the dog waste problem has spiraled out of control.
Currently, if caught, a delinquent dog-owner could be fined $250 for failing to clean up after their dog. It’s something to keep in mind the next time you take your best furry pal out for a stroll.