From the Daily News:
City health officials are promising to renovate a small Bronx animal receiving center and relocate a Queens facility for stray and homeless animals.
But it's little comfort, advocates say, for the only two boroughs lacking full-service animal shelters.
The City Council is weighing a bill that pumps more money into the budget-ravaged New York City Animal Care & Control in return for repealing part of a law that requires full-service shelters in all five boroughs.
That would boost the AC&C budget to over $12 million by fiscal year 2014, a 77% increase over current funding, said Daniel Kass, deputy commissioner at the Health Department.
But that's not sitting well with some elected officials.
"This seems like a form of extortion," Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said at a hearing last week on the bill. "I can't allow the animals and the people in the Bronx and Queens to be treated differently."
The new bill is especially painful for Vallone. His father, Peter Vallone Sr., sponsored the law it would partially repeal.