Read the Journal News editorial (12/26/08) "common sense" prevails at Ward Acres. Click on the link:Read more
Dog owners and the city of New Rochelle have settled the lawsuit over the Ward Acres dog walking ordinance. After a year and a half of litigation which went up to the Appellate Division in Brooklyn and back, the city has agreed to eliminate the fees and special licensing required to walk a dog on a leash in Ward Acres' parkland.Read more
Our video "Born to Run", aired on many local stations in 2007. It shows the very disturbing real world impact of Mayor Bramson's Ward Acres ordinance. Click on the video link below to view the opening segment of "Born to Run".
The ordinance needlessly eliminated the wonderful, grass-roots community that enjoyed and cared for Ward Acres (at no expense to the city). View more segments of "Born to Run" and other videos at our We Love Ward Acres website.Read more
Last week the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department reversed Judge Donovan's dismissal of the case dog owners brought gainst New Rochelle's Ward Acres ordinance (Local City Ordinance 21-2007) and granted their request for production of certain documents by the city. The decision was based on oral arguments which took place on September 15th at the end of which the presiding judge urged the city settle the matter.
You can read the full press release on our "We Love Ward Acres" web site.
For those new to this issue, the case was brought by two New Rochelle residents, a non-resident and the Dog Federation of New York who joined the case as amicus curiae or "a friend of the court". They argued that the the city ordinance was unprecedented because it imposes a special license and per dog fee on dog owners to simply walk a dog in a public park. The ordinance illegally discriminates against dog owners and non-residents, imposes an illegal dog tax and an impermissible public park admission fee, and usurps the uniformity of state dog licensing.Read more