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“I can only imagine what’s going on on the other side of this barrier.”

Governor Cuomo signed a bill on Monday allowing people to eat on restaurant patios with their dogs.

“Taking the whole family out to dinner takes on a new meaning now that my bill has become law,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal who proposed the bill. “Restaurant owners can now cash in on all the doting dog owners throughout our state who had previously stayed home just to be with their pup.”

It took four months for the governor to sign the bill after the legislature passed it in June.

Restaurant owners can decide whether to allow dogs, and they must have an entrance to the patio from the street so the canines don’t march through the indoor dining area first.

Other rules also apply.

Along with having an outdoor entrance, a participating restaurant must also have “reasonable signage” signaling pet dogs are allowed. Dogs must be on a leash.

Dogs are still prohibited from sitting on chairs, benches, seats and “other fixtures.” If the dog is served water or food, it must be in a single-use container.

And if a dog — ahem — does its business, the law requires it to be cleaned up.

In other animal-related news, Cuomo vetoed a feral cat bill.

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    1. Little Miss Agreeable says:

      Jesus, are people really so precious that they wouldn’t go out to eat just because they couldn’t take their dog?

      Get a flippin’ grip.

      • Donald says:

        On the UWS….. Yes. Totally self-absorbed, sanctimonious people. They’re soooo important that you have to tolerate their precious dog taking a crap next to you as you’re eating dinner.

    2. Jane S Gabin says:

      Woof, woof!

    3. Judy says:

      Nice Matin at 79th and Amaterdam is not allowing dogs in their outdoor space. Too bad, it could have been so lovely.

    4. Tibbeth says:

      Won’t be going with the dogs!

    5. MeghanLC says:

      Missed opportunity: “Chow with your Chow Chow”

      Also, I see this all the time and assumed it was already legal, was it just not enforced?

    6. Peaches says:

      I think this law is ridiculous. Animal hair and food don’t mix. Keep the Furry Cuties out of the eating areas people.

    7. Mark says:

      Some of you need to get out and see the world. Dogs and people mix in many other countries without a problem.
      Perhaps a furry friend would make you kinder and more agreeable.

      • ST says:

        Well said, Mark! There are some seriously grumpy people on here. If your dog is well mannered, I don’t see the problem.

    8. dannyboy says:

      Can I bring my cat Suki? I should warn you all, she has a voracious appetite.

    9. lisa says:

      This means that dogs will be “within” boundaries of sidewalk cafes rather the current set-up? Currently people seem to keep their dogs on the sidewalk right outside the sidewalk cafe perimeter….

    10. Tom Yarrows says:

      I think it is a great idea. As a visitor to the city to visit a relative having a place that will let you dog tag along is a great idea. Better than leaving the animal in an apartment by itself.