Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani

Mayor's WINS Address
June 14, 1998

Vendor Policy Will Make New York More Livable
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

First, I want to extend my deepest condolences, and the condolences of the City of New York, to the family and colleagues of Lieutenant James Blackmore, who died on Friday, June 5 in a five-alarm fire. All his life, he showed a quiet strength and heroism, putting himself on the line every day to protect the people of this city. The City honors his life, mourns his death, and pledges that we will never forget him. We also send our thoughts and prayers to Captain Scott LaPiedra and his family. Captain LaPiedra is in critical condition after being severely burned in the same fire, and we are all hoping for his speedy recovery from these terrible injuries.


The City's policy toward vendors is being misinterpreted throughout the media. We're not going to put anyone out of business. Instead, it's another attempt to improve the quality of life of the people of the City, a sensible and limited effort to clear congestion in a few specific areas - primarily a few blocks in Midtown Manhattan and the financial district.

Sidewalk vendors are vital to our streetscape. They help to define New York - and offer hot dogs, pretzels, bagels, coffee and more to people throughout the City. But in certain areas, vendors create problems - like pedestrian congestion - that can be solved through more intelligent regulation. Our Vendor Review Panel simply allows individuals in these parts of the city to petition for restrictions. We aren't changing the laws or significantly increasing the amount of area where vending can be regulated. But what we are doing is once again applying existing statutes that had been ignored or neglected - with often unfortunate results.

I look forward to working with the people of the City to make this new policy work, and to continue building a city in which New Yorkers respect the rights of one another - because that is a better city for all of us.


Finally, I want to wish New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent - as well as all those visiting from around the region and around the country to take part in the festivities - a wonderful Puerto Rican Day Parade. It's a great celebration not only of the heritage and pride of the Puerto Rican community, but of the diversity that makes New York City the most exciting and successful city in the world.

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