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Nearly 50 New York lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by becoming Honorary Chairpersons for the AKC Meet the Breeds® educational event on January 28 and 29, 2023 in New York City.

“We thank New York legislators for demonstrating their commitment to responsible pet ownership by becoming Honorary Chairpersons for AKC Meet the Breeds,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President, Government Relations. “Their support is vital to helping us spread the word about the importance of responsible dog ownership and protecting the rights of responsible dog owners.”

Over 80 lawmakers from the tri-state area have signed on to be Honorary Chairs for the 2023 event.

Honorary Chairs from New York are as follows:

U.S. Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)
U.S. Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-12)
Senator George Borrello
Senator Nathalia Fernandez
Senator Kristen Gonzalez
Senator Liz Krueger
Senator Andrew J. Lanza
Senator John W. Mannion
Senator Jack M. Martins
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senator Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick
Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal
Assemblymember Jake Blumecranz
Assemblymember Karl Brabenec
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny
Assemblymember Ari Brown
Assemblymember Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Assemblymember Emily Gallagher
Assemblymember Edward Gibbs
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
Assemblymember David G. McDonough
Assemblymember Karen McMahon
Assemblymember Angelo J. Morinello
Assemblymember Steve Otis
Assemblymember Amy Paulin
Assemblymember Nader J. Sayegh
Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright
Assemblymember MaryJane Shimsky
Assemblymember Steve Stern
Assemblymember Christopher Tague
Assemblymember Helene E. Weinstein
Assemblymember Kenneth P. Zebrowski
Staten Island
Borough President
Vito Fossella
Borough President
Mark Levine
NYC Council Member Gale A. Brewer
NYC Council Member Sandy Nurse
NYC Council Member Vickie Paladino
NYC Council Member Keith Powers
NYC Council Member Marjorie Velazquez
NYC Council Member Amanda Farías
Nassau County Legislator Tom McKevitt
Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello
Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip
Nassau County Legislator Laura M. Schaefer
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker
Suffolk County Legislator Stephanie Bontempi
Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy
Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg

This annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with nearly 150 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.

For more information on the event visit