Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa will unveil his 13-Point Animal Welfare Platform Tuesday, 1 PM, at the horse carriage line up on 59th Street and 6th Avenue & Live-streaming at

The plan will ban backyard breeders, create no-kill shelters, and put feral cats to work.

Sliwa has garnered endorsements from Sopranos’ bigwigs Dan Grimaldi, Joe Gannascoli, and Robert Funaro.

I support Curtis Sliwa’s no-kill shelters. We have to do the right thing and protect our animal friends,” said Dan Grimaldi, who played Philly and Patsy Parisi.

The 13-point plan is centered around making the Big Apple a safer place for its furry inhabitants. It includes proposals outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio made during his candidacy and then never delivered on.

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Sliwa wants to create a “Department of Animal Welfare” that is similar to the Office of Animal Welfare de Blasio started during his tenure, but unlike Hizzoner’s version, Sliwa’s vision includes an agency that has more than one staffer and does more than send newsletters.

“Backyard Breeders would go to the Department of Animal Welfare for their licensing applications, there will be a hotline where people can call in for animal cruelty tips, illegal backyard breeding tips, among other animal-related crimes, and we will dispatch agents who would have peace officer status to investigate these reports,” Sliwa writes in the plan, adding it would generate revenue and create job opportunities.

He’d also direct the department to create a public animal abuse registry that would log all New Yorkers who are convicted of animal abuse, similar to a sex-offender registry.

Sliwa’s promise to create a “no-kill” shelter system, which he said would have a “ripple effect” across the country and follows behind big cities like Los Angeles and Austin, has garnered endorsements from three “Sopranos” cast members and Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty’s lead singer. 

Sliwa also wants to end the horse carriage industry once and for all and replace them with electric carriages. He said the horse-free alternative will prevent coachmen from losing their jobs and mimics similar initiatives implemented in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, India, Chicago, and Germany.


Press Conference – Today at 1 PM, Corner of 59th & 6th Avenue
&  Live-Streaming

WHO:   Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa

WHAT:  Press Conference to Unveil 13-Point Animal Welfare Plan

WHEN:  Tuesday, 1 PM

WHERE: Corner of 59th St. and 6th Ave, at the Horse Carriage Line-Up & Live-Streaming at

MEDIA CONTACT: Maria Sliwa, [email protected], 202-750-1684


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