Nassau County Executive Candidate Jack Martins Expresses Commitment to Dog-Friendly Nassau County Parks
Recent LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve Photo Credit: Joann Garguola
On Sept. 29, 2017, LI-DOG sent a letter to the two major candidates for Nassau County Executive — former New York State Senator Jack Martins and Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran– asking for a statement of their position regarding on-leash dog walking in Nassau County parks. LI-DOG has been working with elected officials since 2013 to change Nassau County’s policy so that people can legally walk leashed dogs in Nassau County parks. In April 2016 in response to LI-DOG’s efforts, Nassau County opened several parks to leashed dogs including Massapequa Preserve, Christopher Morley Park, and Mill Pond Park. To read why access to parks is critical for Nassau County dog owners, go to LI-DOG Candidate Statement Request Letter.
Former NYS Sen. Jack Martins responded to our request with the following statement:
“As a dog owner, I am committed to making sure that we work with local communities to develop dog friendly parks. It’s not going to be every park, but where it’s appropriate we will work with local communities and the legislature to create dog runs in places that are appropriate to bring a dog and certainly that’s easy enough to do. We do have parks with dog runs now and we have to see where it would be appropriate to add more going forward .”
Nassau County Leg. Laura Curran declined to give a statement, despite several requests from LI-DOG.
What You Can Do Now!
Take this opportunity to let the candidates know how you feel about dog owner access to Nassau County parks! Email Candidate Martins at info@MartinsForNassau.com. Email Candidate Curran at Contact the Campaign.
Then, be sure to cast your vote for Nassau County Executive on Election Day–Tuesday, November 7th!
Thank you for your support.