The following is the complete text of the Mayor's press release announcing the formation of the CACC.
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007
MAYOR RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 9, 1994
Contact: Cristyne Lategano (212) 788-2958
DEPUTY MAYOR POWERS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF
THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
Deputy Mayor Peter J. Powers today announced the formation of the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) to provide all services currently contracted by the City to the ASPCA.
The new, not-for-profit organization will formally begin service under contract to the City on January 1, when the ASPCA's current agreement expires. The annualized value of the contract with the Center is $4.5 million, which is consistent with the existing financial arrangements with the ASPCA. The Department of Health will continue its role as contract administrator for the City.
The City moved to establish the Center in the wake of the ASPCA's decision to abandon the animal control services it has provided here for more than a century. A widely-circulated request for proposals (RFP) seeking an organization interested replacing the ASPCA failed to attract any qualified responses earlier this year.
The Center will provide animal pick-up, shelter and adoption services during the same hours and days as current ASPCA schedules at facilities currently operated by the ASPCA in all five boroughs. The City already has taken title to the two ASPCA-owned ouildings, in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and is moving in court under State condemnation proceedings to purchase them. ASPCA leases on buildings in Queens and the Bronx have been assigned to the City, and the City already owns the animal receiving station on Staten Island. The Center's administrative offices are at 11 Park Place.
Martin B. Kurtz has been named Executive Director of the Center. Prior to his appointment by the Center's Board, Mr. Kurtz had been Director of the Health Department's Bureau of Veterinary Public Health Services, a position he held for more than 15 years.