Nanny City Wants Times Square Characters to Register

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People, dressed as Elmo from the television show Sesame Street, wait to pose for pictures with tourists in through Times Square October 4, 2012. GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney mentioned Sesame Street in Wednesday night's debate when he vowed to cut funding to public broadcasting if elected. PBS's Sesame Street will be celebrating its 43rd birthday this year. AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

What won't New York City regulate? Not much these days, but those costumed characters that pose for pictures for tips make the shrinking list. However, after a Cookie Monster allegedly shoved a toddler, City Councilman Peter Vallone is now talking about banning the photogenic furries or at least making them register and get a license. Anti-semitic Elmo, Molesting Mario — as far as things the city should keep track of, these guys seem to warrant attention at least as much attention as a large sodas.