Repeal the Prohibition

Since it was first developed a decade ago--long before it had a name--Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, on the waterfront in Hudson, NY, has been off limits to dogs. As the park has expanded and evolved, many people have gotten into the habit of walking with their dogs in the park, on leashes as required by Hudson law. This being the case, it occurred to the Legal Committee of the Common Council that this quiet enjoyment of the park by residents and their dogs should not be illegal.

There is now an amendment to the city code before the Common Council that would repeal the prohibition on dogs in riverfront park, but the amendment is meeting with opposition. Several aldermen attest to getting many calls from constituents expressing the opinion that making it legal to have a dog in the park will turn the park into a de facto dog park, where dogs will run free and uncontrolled, posing a danger to children and other park visitors.

This petition is an opportunity for people who do NOT see repealing the prohibition as opening the door to canine tyranny and chaos on the riverfront to communicate their thoughts to the Common Council before the proposed repeal comes to a vote on Tuesday, March 18. When you sign it, if you are a Hudson resident, please indicate the ward in which you reside.


  • Susan Schultz Walking a well behaved dog is a wonderful way to meet and greet your neighbors. And of course we would clean up. There should be stiff fines for dogs off leash (except Luci and Desi), for the dog's protection.

  • Lisa Makas It is ridiculous to prohibit the taxpaying citizens of Hudson to exercise the freedom of walking their dogs in an open space provided they are on leashes and owners clean up after them. What's next? Banning dogs from the City entirely? It's absurd.

  • Carrie Haddad As long as dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed to accompany their owners wherever they go

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