By Sean Sullivan
General Manager, PCVST
Since I became general manager of Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town in May, it has been a great pleasure getting to know the people of this community, and hearing ideas and concerns about ways to make PCVST equally enjoyable for everyone. One area of discussion that arouses particularly strong passion is our policy regarding dogs. While we certainly welcome dog owners and recognize how appealing the PCVST campus is for dog walking, we’ve also heard strong feedback from residents who felt that there was a lack of clarity about where dogs can or can’t walk, and that dog owners weren’t always following — or aware of — rules that have been established to maintain peace, safety and public health.
After careful consideration, PCVST management decided to launch an initiative to step up enforcement of our dog policy. These are designed to enable PCVST public safety staff to better enforce its existing dog policy as part of an ongoing effort to improve quality of life standards for the PCVST community.
Pets were first allowed on the property in 2008 and were originally restricted to a maximum weight of 80 pounds. In May of this year, PCVST management reduced the size limit from 80 lbs. to 50 lbs. in response to concerns from residents.
Those who registered dogs weighing over 50 lbs. prior to May 2012 are exempt from the 50 lb. restriction, and receive special registration tags that indicate this distinction. Public safety officers will issue notices to PCVST residents and others who violate dog policies. Those who repeatedly receive written quality of life violations will face legal action up to and including lease termination. Non-residents walking dogs on the property will be asked to leave immediately.
Our goal is always to ensure that PCVST is a safe, clean environment for everyone who lives here. This requires both the cooperation of residents in treating their neighbors with courtesy, and the support of management in making sure that there are consequences for failing to abide by our community standards.
While most of our dog owners follow the rules and are respectful, we do receive complaints about dog owners who violate the rules. This new system is designed to create an enhanced level of accountability for dog owners and give us improved documentation, which will enable us to take action when necessary.
Since launching this initiative, PCVST management has been very pleased, both with resident cooperation and with the positive feedback we have received.