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PR- 101-13
March 18, 2013


Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

“The final five bills before me today provide sensible restrictions on where vendors can operate and will allow the public to better understand how vending violations are adjudicated.

“Introductory Number 789-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Comrie, Koo, Koppell, Koslowitz, Brewer, Rodriguez, Gennaro, Vacca, Chin, Arroyo, Barron, Nelson, Dromm, Jackson, Lander and Williams prohibits vending on the sidewalk abutting a no standing zone adjacent to a hospital.

“Introductory Number 727-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Cabrera, Chin, Comrie, Ferreras, Foster, Gentile, Koppell, Koslowitz, Palma, Vacca, Koo, Arroyo, Gonzalez, Barron, Nelson, Dromm, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson, Lander, Williams and Halloran prohibits vending within twenty feet of an entranceway to any building and within twenty feet of an exit, including service exits, to a residential building.

“Introductory Number 684-A, sponsored by Council Members Brewer, Ferreras, James, Koppell, Lander, Lappin, Mendez, Palma, Garodnick, Vacca, Chin, Arroyo, Barron, Koslowitz, Comrie, Nelson, Dromm, Gennaro, Jackson and Williams prohibits food vending within any taxi stand.

“Introductory Number 817-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Chin, Gentile, James, Koo, Williams, Halloran, Vacca, Arroyo, Gonzalez, Barron, Koppell, Koslowitz, Comrie, Nelson, Dromm, Weprin, Gennaro, Jackson and Lander requires violations issued to food vendors to include the permit number of their vehicle or pushcart on the violation. 

“Finally, Introductory Number 16-A, sponsored by Council Members Mark-Viverito, Brewer, Fidler, Gentile, James, Palma, Williams, Chin, Dromm, Koslowitz, Arroyo, Levin, Barron, Koppell, Comrie, Nelson, Dickens, Gennaro, Lander, Reyna and Jackson requires annual reporting by the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs on the number of food vending licenses and permits denied, suspended and revoked and the reason for denial, suspension or revocation.  Furthermore the Environmental Control Board will report quarterly on their adjudications.

“Together these bills will help ensure that pedestrians have the ability to successfully navigate the City’s streets and sidewalks and better understand how the City adjudicates vending violations.

“I would like to thank Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner Tom Farley, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and Environmental Control Board Deputy Commissioner and Executive Director Julio Rodriguez along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs.  I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation.”


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