NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A doggone good or doggone bad idea?
New York may soon allow restaurants to welcome dogs in outdoor and patio dining areas.
The New York state Senate on Wednesday voted to tweak the law that now prohibits pets in restaurants to allow canines in outdoor dining areas.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Kemp Hannon, a Long Island Republican who says his measure would ensure the dogs don’t pose a health hazard.
“A restaurant is not forced to,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, who is sponsoring the legislation in the Assembly, told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “This is an option.”
Under the bill, restaurants that choose to allow dogs would have to have a separate entrance for the outdoor dining area. Dogs would have to be leashed, and restaurant servers would be prohibited from playing with the animals.
Similar legislation is pending in the Assembly. New York lawmakers say they believe California is the only state currently allowing dogs on restaurant patios.