Assemblyman Jonathan Bing
Democratic Candidate for State Assembly
73rd Assembly District -- East Side Manhattan
In his second term in office, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing co-sponsored 13 bills to better the lives of New York City animals, voted for 5 good-for-animals bills that passed the Assembly and supported 10 other bills that haven't gotten to a vote yet.
It's an impressive record. But he gets our support again for co-sponsoring one particular bill:
It's hard to overemphasize how crucial this bill is to New York City residents with companion animals who, by and large, live in multiple dwellings - apartments, coops and condos. By signing on as a co-sponsor, Mr. Bing, a newcomer with a reputation for effective lawmaking, brings visible support to the bill.
- Housing for Senior Citizens with Pets. A1825 would protect people 62 years or older from being denied housing in, or evicted from, a multiple dwelling on the sole ground that they keep a common companion animal such as a dog or cat.
This bill is even more important now than two years ago, since efforts to pass a city law protecting pet owners living in multiple dwellings have been successfully blocked by the real estate industry three years in a row.
Without the protection of this bill, senior citizens, often people with the fewest housing choices, could lose the right to keep a pet if their landlord decides to enforce a long overlooked no-pet clause in the lease. The alarming trend now seen in coops and condos to enact pet restrictions means that it's not just rental tenants who need the protection of this state law.
As a member of the Housing Committee, Mr. Bing can help move this bill along. And as a member of the Health Committee who actively works to promote the health of senior citizens in his district, he knows just how much this bill will benefit senior citizens.
He also supports another bill AFNYC knows is essential to securing the homes of New Yorkers with pets:
The city's shelters are overflowing with dogs who some insurance companies target as high risk, even without hard evidence to back up the claim. Charging higher fees for dogs such as Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, German Shepherds and Huskies, or refusing to write home insurance for households with these dogs discourages people from adopting the very dogs the city must put down every day.
- Fair Insurance for Homeowners with Dogs: A1824 prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against homeowners with certain breeds of dogs.
Mr. Bing has also been very active in passing bills that work to stop cruelty to animals.
"Protecting tenants' rights is one of my top priorities, and that includes protecting the rights of tenants who have cats and dogs. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I have been proactive in promoting the health of senior citizens in my district, and I know from them personally how much they benefit from the love and companionship of their pets."
- Assemblyman Jonathan Bing
Mr. Bing supports other significant legislation that would:
- As a member of the Health Committee, Mr. Bing voted for a bill that would ban cosmetic testing on animals, allowing the bill to go before the Assembly for a vote. The bill passed the Assembly in June 2006, but unfortunately didn't have a Senate sponsor.
- He co-sponsored a bill, signed into law in June 2006, that requires animals to be included under a court order of protection. This is an important step both in fighting animal cruelty, but also in recognizing animals as members of the family.
- He voted for a new law that requires animal abusers to be fingerprinted. It was signed into law in August 2005.
- Classify the theft of a companion animal as grand larceny.
- Expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm done to animals during the commission of a felony.
- Prohibit dogs from being tethered or leashed for more than six hours a day.
- Prohibit cosmetic docking of dogs' tails and cropping of dogs' ears.
- Prohibit confinement of companion animals in vehicles in extreme temperatures.
- Remove companion animals from being considered "nuisance wildlife."
- Require that officers investigating animal abuse also check on child abuse in the home, and vice versa.
- Strengthen laws that regulate large breeders and wholesalers of dogs and cats.
- Ban canned hunts.
- Ban hunting contests.
- Allow counties to decide their own trapping laws.
- Ban the force feeding of ducks to create foie gras.
For more information on Assemblyman Bing, go to www.bing2006.com