Feb. 15, By Christian Murray
Elected officials are taking steps to help rid Long Island City of its dog poop problem.
Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, said he has received numerous complaints from Hunters Point residents about the amount of dog poop that litters the sidewalks.
He said the community board is in the middle of composing a letter—that spells out the rules and regulations regarding dogs—and sending it to all the major building owners in the Center Boulevard and 5th Street area.
“We will be asking the building owners to notify their residents about the rules,” Conley said.
In the past, Conley said that he has worked with the Department of Sanitation to send agents to dog-poop trouble spots and tickets were issued. He said he does not have plans to do that yet, but may have to if people’s behavior doesn’t change.
Meanwhile, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has plans to promote a public awareness campaign in Hunters Point through school children.
Van Bramer said he will be holding a “curb your dog” poster competition—where children learn that dog owners are required by law to pick up after their dog and how it’s the considerate thing to do.
Van Bramer said the campaign was started at PS 150 in Sunnyside after several teachers and parents complained about there being too much dog poop in streets surrounding that school. Hundreds of children participated in producing a poster and the best one was placed in store windows across Sunnyside.
Van Bramer said the campaign was effective. “I’ve been told by teachers that the streets are noticeably better,” he said.