Suffolk County Proclamation To Honor LI-DOG President

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 9:30 AM

Suffolk County Legislature

725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY (GOOGLE MAP)

LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn with Her Two Dogs

Please join LI-DOG at the Suffolk Legislature on Tues., Dec.19th when Ginny Munger Kahn, president of The Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG), will be honored with a Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Steven Stern and his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature. The Proclamation thanks Ginny for her work helping to create dog parks and dog-friendly park policies in Suffolk County.

“By expanding access to and enjoyment of Suffolk County’s beautiful parks and open spaces, Ginny Munger Kahn has helped to materially improve the quality of life of thousands of current and future Suffolk County residents,” states the Proclamation. “In recognition of [that work], we, the members of the Suffolk County Legislature, do hereby honor Ginny Munger Kahn.”

Since 1998, LI-DOG has worked with elected officials and Parks officials to create 10 dog parks on Long Island (seven in Suffolk County including an off-leash beach) plus dozens of on-leash dog walking trails.

Among the Suffolk County Dog Parks LI-DOG has helped create are: • Blydenburgh Dog Park in Smithtown • Cherry Avenue Dog Park in W. Sayville • Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach in E. Patchogue • Robinson Duck Farm Dog Park in Brookhaven • West Hills Large Dog Park in Huntington

These dog parks are the result of Ginny’s work with individual elected officials plus legislation passed in 2007, for which Leg. Steven Stern was the lead sponsor. LI-DOG worked closely with Leg. Stern on the legislation, while organizing support for the new policy among dog owners.

More recently, as LI-DOG’s representative on the Huntington Greenway Trails Citizens Advisory Committee, Ginny worked on the committee’s recommendation to adopt uniform park standards for leashed dogs in Huntington Town Parks. The recommendation was designed to align Town parks policy with Suffolk County, which allows leashed dogs throughout its 48,000-acre park system. On August 15th, the Huntington Town Board unanimously passed the resolution that opened virtually all Town parks to leashed dogs.

Ginny and LI-DOG continue to work with Suffolk legislators and the Suffolk Parks Dept. to make sure the County’s dog parks and the County’s dog-friendly park policies work well for park users.

“These wonderful amenities for dog owners–off-leash dog parks and on-leash access to virtually all Suffolk County parks–demonstrate how much communities can benefit from collaborative partnerships between engaged citizens and local government representatives,” said Ginny. “These policies are a great example of local democracy in action and we are very thankful to Leg. Steven Stern and his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature for making it happen!”

 We hope that you can join us to help Ginny celebrate this honor!

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