Every time someone drops a can, newspaper or anything else in NYC's streets, it ends up in one place:
NYC's waterways. The wind carries trash to a nearby catch-basin (street grate that catches rainwater) and whenever it rains, that trash gets let out into a various number of important NYC waterways. The current fine for littering is $50-$250 and no more than 10 days in jail. Those fines are not currently very low, yet people continue to litter, and our waterways suffer the consequences. There is no deficiency in New York's law enforcement, so the only logical solution would be to raise the fine.
New York City is a cultural icon. It would be a shame to see New York City's waterways full of trash and pollution. But even more than that, the health of the people of New York City is at risk. It makes it impossible to swim or kayak unless you aim to get sick, its bad for the fish, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, creating a problem of a much larger scale. By raising the fine, we not only make New York's population healthier, but make New York's population more aware of this issue. Please help me and everyone else in NYC who is jeopardized by this problem, by signing my petition.