State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is drafting legislation to halt a State Department of Environmental Conversation plan to eradicate all free-ranging mute swans in the state by 2025, according to a release from Mr. LaValle’s office on Friday.
The DEC’s plan, which was released in December, is still in draft form, and the public comments period ended on Friday. As of Friday afternoon, the DEC had received roughly 1,500 individual comments, 16,000 form-letter emails, and 25,000 signatures on various petitions, according to DEC spokesperson Lori Severino.
Mr. LaValle’s statement follows proposed legislation by State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. of Sag Harbor and State Senators Tony Avella and Steve Cymbrowitz to put a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s plan.
Despite the outcry from public office holders, Ms. Severino said she could not comment as to whether the assemblyman or the senators’ statements would influence the DEC’s draft going forward.
“The DEC is determining the next steps in the process, which could include updating the plan,” Ms. Severino said.