The picture below, which shows William with his "cousin" Turner (cousin by adoption and twice or thrice removed), was taken in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park summer before last. Whodathunk that these sweet dogs and the upstanding humans who accompanied them (pockets stuffed with poop bags) were breaking the law?
Chapter 70-4 of the Hudson City Code states: "It shall be unlawful for an owner of a dog in the City of Hudson to permit or allow such . . . to be present at any time at the Riverfront Park." Strictly speaking (or so it seems from the placement of that prepositional phrase), I, "an owner of a dog in the City of Hudson," was breaking the law. My niece, visiting from Michigan with her husband, son, and Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy, may not have been. But soon, all dogs on leashes, accompanied by humans prepared to pick up after them, will be free to enjoy riverfront park legally.
At their meeting on Wednesday night, the members of the Common Council Legal Committee present (John Friedman [chair], Don Moore, Bart Delaney, and David Marston) unanimously agreed to move forward a resolution that would strike Chapter 70-4 from the code and "authorize people to lawfully walk dogs at Henry Hudson Waterfront [sic] Park." The resolution would also bring the city code into conformity with the Americans with Disabilities Act "by prohibiting the City Clerk from charging a person with a disability a fee for licensing a service animal or from requiring documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal or inquiring as to the extent or nature of a person's disability prior to issuing a license for such animal."
The resolution will be introduced on Monday, February 10, and be voted on by the full Council on Tuesday, February 18. February 2014 may be a great month for the law-abiding dogs of Hudson!
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