Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and Senator Tony Avella to protect New York’s mute swans from extermination has been delivered to Governor Cuomo. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature with an overwhelming majority. If the bill is not signed within 10 days, it will be automatically vetoed. Governor Cuomo has until November 21st to act on the bill, so he needs to hear from us now!

Take Action: Call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 or contact him online at http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact and urge him to protect New York’s mute swans…

In the management plan, the DEC states that removal of mute swans from public property by so-called “humane methods” will be authorized. One of these methods is indiscriminate  shooting, a practice that can hardly be called humane. Not to mention, they are putting the fate of the swans in the hands of the general public as they state that “DEC will authorize any property owner, land or water management authority, municipality or other responsible party to control or remove mute swans from their property for any reason.” This is a slippery slope for wildlife management in New York State, with the swans paying the ultimate price.

“Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ Mute Swan Bill Delivered to Governor Cuomo

A bill introduced by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) to save New York’s mute swans from extermination has been delivered to Governor Cuomo, and the lawmaker is urging animal rights advocates to make their voices heard and convince the state’s chief executive to sign the bill into law.

The Governor has until November 21st to act on the bill.

The legislation (A.3675) would establish a two-year moratorium on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s controversial plan to eradicate all wild mute swans in the state by 2025 and declare them a “prohibited species.” The also requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to demonstrate that actual damage to the environment or other species has been caused by the mute swan population across the state.

The legislation passed both houses of the Legislature with an overwhelming majority. Sen. Tony Avella was the Senate sponsor.

“People in my community feel very strongly about the mute swans that live in Sheepshead Bay and the thought of the state coming in and shooting or gassing these birds is not acceptable to anyone,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, a member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, has urged DEC to explore non-lethal alternatives to managing the swan population.

The signing of this legislation into law would serve as a major victory for animal rights and environmental protection groups that have joined Assemblyman Cymbrowitz in fighting DEC’s plan, including GooseWatch NYC, the Regal Swan Foundation and Save Our Swans.

“Now’s the time to speak up and tell the Governor to sign this legislation,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. Anyone wishing to contact Governor Cuomo may write to him at the NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224. The Governor’s office may be reached by email at Andrew.Cuomo@exec.ny.gov or by phone at (518) 474-8390.”