This is great:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed off on a bill that will allow dog lovers to dine out with their pets, a change that was opposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Cuomo, who approved the legislation Monday night and is expected to announce the news today, has essentially altered the New York State Health Code to allow pooches to join human companions at sidewalk cafes, reports the New York Post.
Wilson Alexander Aguilar and his Miniature Schnauzer Tolliver grab a bite at the Bread Box Cafe in Long Island City, which is already dog friendly.
The bill’s sponsor, state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, introduced the bill in March. It passed by the Assembly in June.
“No longer will our beloved companion animals be relegated to staying at home while we enjoy outdoor dining,” Rosenthal told the Post. “Now they can simply come with us, like any other family member.”
That’s how it should be- restaurants that want to allow this can, those which chose not to don’t have to, and the customer wins.