2010-09-03 / Community

Bill Announced To Control Raccoons

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, and Assemblymembers Cathy Nolan and Mike Miller were joined by community residents Mary Borzelino and Carol Aiello to announce a new bill that will require the Department of Health to promptly and humanely relocate raccoons when requested by a resident. Currently, there is no city policy assigned to deal with raccoons in New Yorkers’ backyards. However, there has been a citywide increase in documented raccoon issues, especially in the outer boroughs.

“Raccoons may seem like cute little bandits but they can be unsanitary, filthy and a big nuisance for New Yorkers,” said Crowley. “The increasing number of raccoons showing up in New Yorkers’ backyards is a quality of life issue and this bill is intended to move the City to adopt a policy that will promptly, effectively and humanely relocate raccoons out of our neighborhoods. My new bill is putting the raccoon control issue on the table for discussion so that the City Council, city agencies and wildlife organizations can work together to reach a practical solution.”

Assemblymember Nolan said, “I applaud New York City Councilmber Elizabeth Crowley for introducing legislation that would set a city-wide policy about raccoons on residential property. With the increased number of raccoon sightings, we need to set a policy for effectively dealing with this issue.”

Assemblymember Miller said, “When I first took office, I vowed to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Today, I stand with my colleagues in support of this legislation to humanely relocate wild raccoons. These raccoons have been a nuisance to our community for years. They not only frustrate residents but also pose a potential health risk to the neighborhood. This legislation will help address this growing concern. I commend Councilmember Crowley for introducing this bill in the City Council and will continue to work with my colleague, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, to pass similar legislation in the Assembly.”

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