UPPER EAST SIDE — Is he taking the piss?
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl is so upset about the city's decision to decriminalize public urination that he's encouraging the public to literally take aim at Gracie Mansion.
New guidelines went into effect Tuesday to reduce the penalties for minor violations such as urinating and drinking in public — a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the package of legislation. Under the new rules, offenders will receive summonses rather than being arrested.
On Wednesday, Dietl sent out a press release titled "Piss on this!! New York is Going to the Dogs!!!"
"Maybe those who feel its [sic] ok to urinate in public will do it outside Gracie Mansion," the former NYPD detective said in the release. "Maybe then the mayor will get the message and have these quality of life laws reinstated as they should be."
Dietl, who is running as an independent, wrote that it's "disgusting" and "a slap in the face to New Yorkers hoping for the best from its city."
"This latest action will allow people to piss where ever they choose, exposing their private parts to innocent children," he added.
The mayor's office did not immediately return a request for comment about Dietl's call to action.
As a result of the changes, the City Council estimates that 100,000 cases will be diverted from the criminal courts, 10,000 fewer people will have a criminal record for minor violations, and 50,000 fewer warrants will be issued each year.