Assemblyman Alexander B. Pete Grannis
Democratic Candidate for State Assembly
65th Assembly District - East Side Manhattan
Assemblyman Pete Grannis could well be considered the dean of animal welfare legislation in New York City's delegation to the state legislature.
He's been a leader on animal issues for the last 30 years, voting consistently for bills to enhance the care and protection of animals and taking the lead in a 10-year fight to push through the state's toughest animal cruelty law. In 1996 the ASPCA awarded him its prestigious Public Service Award for his long-time work promoting animal welfare.
Mr. Grannis supports the two bills AFNYC feels are essential to securing the homes of New Yorkers with pets:
Mr. Grannis won a significant victory this year as primary co-sponsor of an important bill defining "dangerous dogs," which passed both the Assembly and Senate. The bill specifically allows judges to determine whether a dog is dangerous based on the individual dog, not its breed. It puts the legal responsibility for a dog's behavior on its owner and includes serious penalties when a dog found to be legally dangerous injures other animals, including companion animals. This extends legal protection available to people to companion animals as well - a meaningful step.
Last year, another key bill authored by Mr. Grannis - a bill to protect veterinarians from civil or criminal prosecution for reporting abuse or neglect of animals they treat - was signed into law.
Mr. Grannis is also the sponsor or co-sponsor of bills that would: