Security cracking down on dog policies

A couple of pooches make themselves at home on a Stuy Town bench on a recent greenmarket Sunday.
Photo by Jonathan Wells

Who let the dogs in?

Not the public safety officers in Stuyvesant Town, at least not for the past month, according to ST/PCV Security Chief Bill McClellan.

A number of local dog owners, both resident and non-resident, noted they’ve been getting stopped lately with officers asking if they’re residents of the property and if their pooches are registered. If they’re non-residents, they may have been asked to leave.

According to McClellan, the rules about no outside dogs have always been there, but they’re just now beginning to be enforced.

While ST/PCV is private property, there has always been public access, making the place a natural destination for dog owners. One dog owner however told T&V she thought the new rule was unfair because it cuts off access to the East River if one is with their dog.

McClellan however said the rules are here to stay and part of the reason people are being stopped is to let residents know that they need to get their pets registered. Once pets are registered, the owners are given information about the related policies, including a 50-pound weight limit. Under Tishman Speyer, the policy allowed for one or two dogs with a weight limit of 80 pounds.

“It’s been four years since this dog policy, and we’re trying to keep the property for the enjoyment of our residents and not just people walking through,” said McClellan.

 Sabina Mollot

7 thoughts on “Security cracking down on dog policies

    • So Mr. McClellan finally admits that he and the security force that he is in charge of have, to the detriment of the community, abdicated their responsibility for enforcing the dog rules for the past four years. As reported on T&V’s blog, according to Mr. McClellan, “It’s been four years since this dog policy” and the rules about no outside dogs have always been there, but they’re just now beginning to be enforced.

      Putting aside that, in my opinion, the policy of allowing dogs the community was a mistake, management promulgated rules that, presumably, were meant to mitigate the impact of the new rules on the quality of life in the community. Now we have the individual responsible for enforcing these rules admitting that his security department is just now beginning to enforce the rules. Instead of giving Mr. McClellan kudos for finally doing what he should have been doing for four years, tenants should be asking Rose Associates why Mr. McClellan is still employed.

      Jim Roth

    • The fact of the matter is that if ST/PCV is private property and therefore does not have the right to issue tickets for NYC health code violations to residents – I am of course referring to unleashed dogs and failure to clean dog waste. Yes, they were supposedly bestowed with this power by the City, but the tickets are unenforceable and the City simply made a mistake (imagine that!). I have encouraged any dog owner, resident or not, who have received tickets from ST/PCV security to fight the tickets in court based on the fact that you cannot receive such citations on a private property. Of course, a landlord does have the right to pursue other penalties for tenants who do not conform to the property’s rules (such as eviction) and removal from the property for non-residents. Unfortunately, the issue hasn’t been pursued in court as of yet and therefore, security continues to have it both ways. They ticket residents for NYC (public) violations, pursue penalties for resident violations of private property rules and claim trespassing on the property for non-residents (Oh, and they could even write a NYC ticket if they do not clean up while they are trespassing on the private property – Ha!). This is either public property where City tickets may be issued or a private property that is off limits to non-residents. If security continues to pursue the contradictory behaviors, they will soon find themselves losing a court battle.

  1. re: dog problem first owners of property need to learn how to spell dogS.original signs a laugh. However when dogs learn to read the problem wil bel solved and maybe they can teach owners and stypc management the same. thanx marilyn graubert sty reident hgraubert@verizon.net

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  3. Gated communities are a treasured part of the American landscape. It’s heartening to see that this original worker housing complex is continuing to evolve into a luxurious walled fortress. Pathetic.

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