In a 97-5 vote, the state assembly approved a bill that allows pet owners to bring their dogs into the outdoor portions of willing restaurants. The dogs-in-restaurants bill, which had already been approved by the Senate, now heads to Gov. Cuomo's desk. Cuomo has not indicated whether he will sign it.
Although the city Health Department had expressed concerns about the bill, it had the backing of restaurant owners who argued it would be another way to attract customers.
Pamela Blackwell, owner of Blossom Vegan Restaurants, is one of the many New York City business owners considering opening its outdoors to man's best friend.