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QUAGLIONE RESPONDS TO STREET VENDOR PROJECT’S #LIFTTHECAPS MOVEMENT

For Immediate Release, Saturday, February 25, 2017

BROOKLYN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE JOHN QUAGLIONE RESPONDS TO STREET VENDOR PROJECT’S #LIFTTHECAPS MOVEMENT

QUAGLIONE: NO NEW PERMITS UNTIL HEALTH DEPARTMENT RATING SYSTEM EXPANDED TO FOOD CARTS AND VENDOR FREE ZONES ESTABLISHED

Brooklyn – City Council candidate John Quaglione (43rd District, Brooklyn) is rejecting the Street Vendor Project’s call this week to lift the permit cap on New York City street vendor permits, in light of the failure of both the City Council and the De Blasio administration to address the current system of governance around these mobile vendors.

“The City Council took the first step to reforming the food cart and street vendor industry with the introduction of the Street Vending Modernization Act this past October. Unfortunately, this bill has stalled and the De Blasio administration was unsuccessful in completing a vendor study by the end of 2016 as told to the Council. New York City must address the regulation of food carts that threaten small businesses and our quality of life now,” said John Quaglione.

Quaglione continued, “The New York City Department of Health must expand their letter grading system to include food carts, for undoubtedly they must conform to the same rules in which food businesses that pay rent, taxes and create jobs are subject to. Furthermore, we must establish food cart location guidelines so to protect our residential streets and businesses of the same nature, from having a cart set up shop outside their doorstep.”

“I do agree with parts of the Council’s plan including the establishment of a Street Vendor Advisory Board and a vendor law enforcement unit. However, this legislation is flawed in looking to double the number of permits issued, without first establishing Health Department oversight and vendor free zones,” concluded Quaglione.

The 43rd Council District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, has witnessed an increase in the number of street vendors and food carts, which has threatens both small businesses and quality of life.

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