Brooklyn councilman demands answers on yet-to-launch NYC Office of Animal Welfare

Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News
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Mayor de Blasio’s inaction on opening a new Office of Animal Welfare has ruffled a Brooklyn lawmaker’s feathers.

Councilman Justin Brannan is calling on Hizzoner to provide answers about the office, which was supposed to be created under a bill the mayor signed into law last year.

“I understand there’s a lot going on right now, but we passed legislation to create this office and we haven’t heard so much as a meow,” Brannan, the bill’s prime sponsor, told the Daily News on Wednesday.

Under the legislation passed in October 2019, the city was supposed to create an office dedicated to coordinating animal issues among various city agencies.

Since then, Brannan hasn’t heard a peep.

“I can honestly say that I’m still unsure whether the Office truly exists at all,” Brannan wrote de Blasio on Tuesday, noting it doesn’t have any online presence and the Council’s previous attempts to get info have yielded no response.

He asked the mayor to provide “a list of all full-time and part-time employees currently working in the Office,” among other info, to prove it actually exists.

Brannan noted the heroic lengths New Yorkers went to at the height of the spring COVID outbreak to help animals.

“There was amazing work being done by folks who were taking care of animals for people who were hospitalized,” he said.

“If [New Yorkers are] hospitalized because of COVID, they need a plan, they need a one-stop shop,” the Dem added. “That was the whole point of this office, so it’s concerning that we haven’t seen any action.”

De Blasio’s office did not immediately answer a request for comment.

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