Manhattan Council District 3 - Yetta Kurland
Manhattan Council District 6 - Helen Rosenthal
Brooklyn Council District 38 - Carlos Menchaca
Staten Island Council District 50 - John Mancuso
We're proud and excited to announce our first ever political endorsements: Yetta Kurland, Democratic candidate for City Council in the 3rd District, Carlos Menchaca, Democratic candidate for City Council in the 38rd District, and Helen Rosenthal, Democratic candidate running for the 6th City Council District in Manhattan.
Much our work for the rest of the summer will be to ensure these candidates are elected because they are impressive individuals with proven records of support for NYC's animals, and we are glad to have these incredible new allies join us in calling attention to the City’s cruel and ineffective goose management policies. The Democrat Primary Election is on September 10, 2013.
Staten Island District 50, John Mancuso
"I am a proud supporter of preserving our wildlife here in New York City. GooseWatch NYC has been doing a great job protecting our feathered friends from turkeys to geese. We need more animal advocates in government to battle the slaughter of innocent animals. From sprinklers in pet stores to eliminating kill shelters I will continue to work to protect all animals. I'm a happy owner of a rescue dog "Tiger" that I saved from a kill shelter here on Staten Island and I am looking forward to assisting shelters expand and promoting pet adoptions to eliminate the killing of innocent animals. I am happy to stand by GooseWatch NYC and look forward to continuing our relationship in the preservation of wildlife."
Volunteer for John Mancuso: www.mancusofornyc.com/join.html
Manhattan District 6, Helen Rosenthal
"With aviation experts now joining grassroots activists in speaking out against the killing of geese in New York City’s parks, especially with recent round-ups near and around Riverside Park and along the Hudson River, public awareness is growing for a more humane strategy moving forward.” said Ms. Rosenthal. “Canada geese are part of our city’s urban habitat, and the approach being taken to remove them is wrong, especially when more effective and compassionate options are available. New Yorkers love, appreciate, and respect our city's great urban wildlife, a habitat we should be protecting, not exterminating.”
Volunteer for Helen Rosenthal: www.HelenRosenthal.com/Volunteer
Brooklyn District 38, Carlos Menchaca
"Those are the Red Hook houses in the back, on my bike ride to the campaign office," said Carlos Menchaca. "They often say you should stop and smell the roses, but I say you should always stop and marvel at the wildlife that exists in this concrete jungle and how we are already co-existing. Our job as humans is to make it easier, for geese, for wild turkeys, for oyster beds and beyond. That's going to be my commitment. We can do it together, no matter where who you are, what language you speak or where you live."
Volunteer for Carlos Menchaca: www.carlos2013.com/volunteer
Manhattan Distrit 3, Yetta Kurland
"Too often animal welfare is overlooked in New York City politics, and that's certainly been the case with Canada geese living in our city's parks and along our rivers," said Ms. Kurland. "Air safety is a serious issue, and we need to find practical long term solutions to this problem that don’t include killing our wildlife. The current approach is not only inhumane but it doesn’t solve the problem. I look forward to working with GooseWatch NYC to finding a humane and effective plan for air safety and protection of our Canada Geese.”
Volunteer for Yetta Kurland: www.YettaKurland.com/Volunteer
A note from David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC:
John Mancuso, Helen Rosenthal, Carlos Menchaca, and Yetta Kurland are dedicated fighters for all New Yorkers, and proud advocates for animals. They agree that New York City's current policy is the wrong approach, and have pledged their support for our efforts to protect Canada geese and other urban wildlife. GooseWatch NYC strongly commends these candidates for their proven of record of support for NYC's animals, and for calling attention to the City’s ineffective goose management policies. We are grateful for their support, and our members will work hard to ensure that these candidates are elected to New York City Council.
GooseWatch NYC is an advocacy coalition based in New York City opposed to the unwarranted killing of Canada geese. Made up of animal advocates, pilots, veterinarians, biologists, policy makers, and other members of the general public, the group is committed to the protection of Canada geese in New York City and beyond through public education programs, political action, and advocacy for more ethical and effective solutions to conflicts with geese. For more information, please visit GooseWatchNYC.com.