Letters to the Editor, Aug. 1

Why you should license your dog

Most New York City dog owners take good care of their four-legged friends, spending countless hours walking and caring for them as well as paying for food, grooming, medical costs, and supplies. But many New Yorkers, an estimated 85 percent across the city, overlook one key step – getting their dog licensed.

There are four compelling reasons dog owners in NYC should register their pet:

Lost Pets – Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners using an online eLocator tool, which notifies neighbors and authorities about missing pets. Licensed dogs are also more likely to be identified and returned to their owners in case of separation during an emergency.

Dog Runs – With proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination, dogs can run off-leash in NYC Parks dog runs.

Rabies Prevention – Information from licenses helps doctors treat individuals potentially exposed to infected dogs, especially during rabies outbreaks.

It’s The Law – Owners may be fined for not registering their dogs.

I’ve been working with the city and the ASPCA to improve the dog licensing system, increase public awareness of the requirements, and make it easier and more appealing to register dogs.

My legislation to reform the licensing system passed the Assembly this year with the support of the City Council, the mayor, and the ASPCA, but unfortunately has not yet passed the Senate. The bill encourages pet shops and other businesses to issue licenses, makes it easier to license a dog online and eliminates the requirement that some license applications include notarized documents. It also better protects the public by authorizing the city to require proof of rabies vaccination and to mandate that dogs wear a tag indicating that they have been vaccinated.

I am committed to pushing for my bill to become law, but, in the meantime, please take a moment to register your dog. While the dog licensing system may not be perfect, it’s still an important public safety measure, helps you better care for your pet, and it’s the law. You can register your dog online at www.nyc.gov or call 311 to have a dog license application mailed to you.

Brian Kavanagh,
Assembly Member, 74th District

D.O.T. permits unfair to disabled drivers

I am a disabled vet who is not disabled enough to be issued a D.O.T. permit. People who are issued D.O.T. permits are usually severely disabled and do not drive and their caregivers, who drive and transfer them, can park almost anywhere, including parking meters without paying.

Suggestion: Eliminate D.O.T. permit spaces and replace with regular disabled parking spaces, so we who are disabled and still drive, can have a place to park.

My research has shown that ST/PCV is the only residential complex to have D.O.T. spaces in the five boroughs.

There are 10 D.O.T. spots in each loop and only one or two regular spots for those of us who are disabled drivers. D.O.T. permit holders can park anywhere and it is very frustrating when you find a D.O.T. permit vehicle in the one or two spots we have and when you return, find a very able, young person getting into a vehicle with a D.O.T. permit.

J.J. Burke, ST

How Bloomberg overstayed his welcome

Entering the political arena can be a noble profession. When this nation was begun, Washington and Jefferson come to mind. Lincoln, the two Roosevelts. More recently General Eisenhower, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In New York City Mayor Koch, Giluliani and yes… Michael Bloomberg. They all had one quality in common: their main goal was to serve the people and the nation.

Then, we all know “the pols” searching for wealth, prominence and grandiosity as they use their offices for their selfish gains. Or they lack the talents to be effective – but they crave the power and prestige. There are so many in this category, I’ll leave the list to you.

I believe that Mayor Bloomberg has been exceptionally effective. A middle class boy who grew up in Boston, he began a financial news reporting media outfit (Bloomberg, LLP) and became one the most wealthy billionaires in the country. I can’t document this, but I believe that he then wanted to give back to this country what our nation had provided for him.

Yes, he bought three elections to become mayor. Non-partisan, he seemed to switch from the Democratic to the GOP to independent. Actually he was nonpartisan. When David Dinkins was mayor, there were over 4,000 murders per year. Rudy after two terms dropped the number to about 700. Now, it is projected that when Bloomberg leaves office, there will be about 400. (And during that time, the population has increased.)

He has attempted with time and his own monies to enact more comprehensive gun control laws; he with Gov. Cuomo has fully acknowledged global climate change and given many millions to the arts and other charities.

He has been criticized for his “stop and frisk” policies as burdensome. But about 80 percent of murders involve high crime areas where individuals kill members of their own group. So, if far more peoples’ lives are saved, it actually saves many lives – rather than the PC approach.

We are all far from perfect. His bid for a third term was handled poorly after two referendums were passed, which mandated a two-term limit. He served for three. I voted for Bloomberg only twice. Why? Being a political “junkie,” I watched his last debate four years ago with Democratic candidate Bill Thompson. Middle class housing in the city (including PCV/ST) was mentioned. Thompson expressed his (I hope genuine) concern. Bloomberg said nothing.

(The late) House Speaker Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.” So, in Bloomberg’s final run, Bill got my vote three years ago. And, I will vote for Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary. If elected, will he be effective? Only God knows!

David Chowes, PCV

2 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Aug. 1

  1. BLOOMBERG LETTER — My corrections.

    This post was originally submitted a few weeks ago. The most egregious error I made was indicating that under Mayor Dinkens, there were 4,000 murders per year. During Dinkens’ tenure, the correct average is 2,000.

    Also. as far as Rudy Guilliani goes… Yes he followed by Bloomberg cleaned up the city. Though I don’t include his personal indiscretions, since leaving office, Rudy’s move to embrace the right and his huge degree of hubris has become more than distasteful — so, I would not label him as noble.

    The others I alluded to in the first paragraph are statesmen. If only we had more of them in office.

  2. Mr Burke,

    NYC DOT Handicapped Permits are issued to the vehicle(s) routinely used in transporting the permit holder around the city. When you see “a very able, young person getting into a vehicle with a D.O.T. permit” it probably means that they, as you stated, are in the process of transporting the permit holder as many disabled citizens are unable to drive themselves. BTW, those DOT spaces were created when the landlord decided to make the loop interior curbs “No Standing Zones” during the overnight hours, in response to a flood of vehicles displaying parking placards from various agencies, which were denying those DOT permit holders the ability to use the former “No Parking” zones for overnight parking by their homes. It’s also interesting to note that there is absolutely no provision in the NY vehicle and traffic law that allows for “on street parking” in NYC using those blue hang tag permits. They are only valid off street, in municipal and shopping center parking lots within the 5 boroughs.

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