Bill proposed to regulate cartoon characters in Times Square - myfoxcarolinas.com

Bill proposed to regulate cartoon characters in Times Square

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City legislators are cracking down on the cartoon characters that roam Times Square.

City Councilman Andy King drafted a bill that would create a licensing system that includes background checks for the characters, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The proposal is in response to incidents occurring between characters and the public. In April 2013, a person dressed as Cookie Monster was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. In June, a person dressed as Spiderman was arrested for groping a woman. The characters have also been known to harass pedestrians.

The corporate creators of characters like Elmo and Hello Kitty have voiced concerns about the misrepresentation of their brand by the workers. 

“We care about our fans and the image of our brand,” said Myung Kang-Huneke, executive vice president of Sesame Workshop, the owners of Elmo and Cookie Monster to the Wall Street Journal. “Like everyone else, we care about public safety on our streets.”

King’s hope is the bill would improve interactions between the characters and the public. “I am particularly concerned adults are dressing up in kids character costumes and pretty much harassing or even begging for money to take a picture,” said King to the WSJ.

The Times Square Alliance, a non-profit business improvement organization, supports the bill.

Approximately 76 characters were working in Times Square as of June 14, according to the Times Square Alliance.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Central Park underwear run

    Central Park underwear run

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:16:48 GMT
    Raw athleticism streaked through Central Park Friday evening bared for a modest body of spectators. Two-hundred triathletes ran a skimpy 1.7-mile loop in their underwear to flesh out the opening festivities of New York City Triathlon weekend.Midriffs and tan lines rippled in the open air and a not-so-tighty finish saw the first male and the first female finishers undress the course in record time.
    Raw athleticism streaked through Central Park Friday evening bared for a modest body of spectators. Two-hundred triathletes ran a skimpy 1.7-mile loop in their underwear to flesh out the opening festivities of New York City Triathlon weekend.Midriffs and tan lines rippled in the open air and a not-so-tighty finish saw the first male and the first female finishers undress the course in record time.
  • 'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:55:13 GMT
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
  • Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:14:45 GMT
    The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
    The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices