Walking along the sidewalk of a busy city you commonly see groups of friends brunching away and sharing a laugh as their four-legged companions are leashed up to the public side of the patio.
On Wednesday, the New York state Senate voted to amend the law that prohibits dogs in restaurants to allow them to sit in the “outdoor dining area”.
Long Island republican senator Kemp Hannon has sponsored a bill amendment that sets new dog-related rules to the bill. Restaurant have the choice whether or not they will allow dogs. There must be an entry to the patio that doesn’t enter through the restaurant, dogs must be leashed and servers must wash their hands if they pet the dogs.
Next, the changes must pass the Assembly and New Yorkers are eager to see this change happen. The hope is that these changes will pass before the end of legislation mid-June.
“This is just pretty common sense,” said Assembly sponsor Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan. Rosenthal also explained that the new rules would help clear up the busy sidewalks since owners currently tie their dogs up on the outer sides of the partitions.
“I’m hopeful on this. We only have about a month left,” said Rosenthal.
If all goes well, dog lovers will be able to enjoy this long waited summer with their canines. Sorry, cat lovers. Hannon said, “”groups that called for the legislation did not advocate for cats.”