Op-Ed: Why dog rules were stepped up

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.

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8 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Why dog rules were stepped up

  1. ” Those who repeatedly receive written quality of life violations will face legal action up to and including lease termination.” Is this about walking your dog where it’s not supposed to be, or does this include barking too?

    • I have one son who is black. He’s been stopped four times. The people I’ve asked, who happen to be Caucasian, have not been stopped at all.

      Meanwhile, I plan to comply with the request for rabies shots and license, again, because certification of inoculation is at least fair.

      I absolutely will not sign a Rose Associates new lease addendum.

  2. “the PCVST campus”

    Interesting word choice to describe the community that we, not management, call home.

    “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.”

    The dog policy, in one form or another, has been around for four years and, simply stated, for four years security did nothing to enforce the policy and Mr. Sullivan’s predecessors did nothing to prod security to enforce it. So, rather than state that management decided to “step up” enforcement or enable security to “better enforce” the policy, it would be more accurate to state that management told security to initiate enforcement. For taking the initiative of making security do its job, Mr. Sullivan should be thanked.

    Lastly, if Mr. Sullivan wants to improve the quality of life and safety for the community, he could also start addressing building cleanliness, substandard laundry rooms and initiate regular building inspections or reinstitute vertical patrols so that it is not up to the tenants to bring attention to safety issues such as the recent fire door code violations.

    • As a follow-up to my earlier comment regarding dog rule enforcement – from the July 3 T&V – “According to McClellan, the rules about no outside dogs have always been there, but they’re just now beginning to be enforced.”

  3. Man, you’ve got to be kidding. Last week from my window in PCV I saw three pitbulls walked in the same area within the space of 2 hours. There’s an area designed “no dogs” but people walk their dogs across the front of that area all the time. Little kids walk & trip in this part constantly. People bring their dogs in from 23rd St bet 1st & 2nd Ave and from other areas. Dogs have gotten bigger. You know…you mgt guys just can’t face it honestly to the community. Everywhere else in Manhattan people have to walk their dogs in the street. STPCV is the only large complex that has beautiful residential grounds to be ruined. So in the pursuit of higher income tenants & more money, you opened up a policy that has divided the community. And you talk about a restriction policy that’s really not enforceable. Fine to be able to make placating public statements, but nobody here really believes you can or will enforce the restrictions. Nice work.

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