Judge Halts NYC Soda Ban

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Good.

Judge Halts New York City Soda Ban

A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning New York City restaurants and other venues from selling large sugary drinks, a major defeat for the mayor who has made
public a health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure at City Hall.

The city is "enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations," New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided Monday.

The regulations are "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences," the judge wrote. "The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule."
 

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I dont even live in NYC and I cant wait till Mrs Bloomberg is out. Id vote for Ed Koch's reanimated corpse at this point.
 

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Good. Although I have no stake in this...Fuck that Pygmy Asshat.
 

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Good. Although I have no stake in this...Fuck that Pygmy Asshat.
I haven't had a sugary drink in fucking forever (it was the first thing to go when I started losing weight in 2009), but I was still beyond furious at this whole ordeal.
 

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Didn't realize drinking soda was constitutional protected.
That's not the way it works. The default position in this country is that you're allowed to do something. You can't just say that you aren't allowed to do something without a very good reason.
 

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That's not the way it works. The default position in this country is that you're allowed to do something. You can't just say that you aren't allowed to do something without a very good reason.

I understand that, just trying to tie in the un-SAFE act and how it stands as 'law'. When it clearly infringes upon the 2nd Amendment and has not been shit canned before it goes into affect.
 

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I stopped drinking soda and diet soda a year ago. This law was going to have little to no effect on me, but the idea that this law was even considered is just the most ridiculous thing I ever saw.

Couple that with the fact that Bloomberg only passed it through the Board of Health (all of which he appointed) rather than the City Council is doubly baffling.
 

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And now state judges are involved. Your tax dollars, hard at work.
 

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I annoys me that the judge only mentioned how inconsistent the regulations were and not how the city had no authority to impose such regulations. The New York Supreme Court obviously doesn't care about government interference in business or private life in and off itself. If they did, they would've struck down NYC's smoking bans and gun control laws years ago.
 

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I just had my farewell 2 slices and 20oz soda, and I come home to this glorious news. City hall will be appealing the ruling, hopefully it'll stand.
 

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I annoys me that the judge only mentioned how inconsistent the regulations were and not how the city had no authority to impose such regulations. The New York Supreme Court obviously doesn't care about government interference in business or private life in and off itself. If they did, they would've struck down NYC's smoking bans and gun control laws years ago.
I thought he kinda did:

In his ruling, Judge Tingling found the Board of Health's mission is to protect New Yorkers by providing regulations that protect against diseases. Those powers, he argued, don't include the authority to "limit or ban a legal item under the guise of 'controlling chronic disease.' "

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The board may supervise and regulate the city's food supply when it affects public health, but the City Charter clearly outlines when such steps may be taken: According to Judge Tingling, the city must face imminent danger due to disease.

"That has not been demonstrated," he wrote.

Judge Tingling also suggested that Mr. Bloomberg overstepped his powers by bringing the sugary drink rules before the Board of Health, which is solely appointed by him. The City Council, he wrote, is the legislative body "and it alone has the authority to legislate as the board seeks to do here."

City health officials, he wrote, aren't assigned the "sweeping and unbridled authority to define, create, authorize, mandate and enforce" the health code.
 

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Ole' quarter-pint will be on Letterman tonight. Could be interesting. Dave is always ragging on Mayor Mommy's height...or lack thereof.
 

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I hope he loses any appeals. He's a cunt.

I also hope the next mayor undoes some of the damage
he's done to midtown traffic with his horseshit.

Fuck you idiots for electing and reelecting and REELECTING this moron.
 

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Government officials should have to foot the bill for laws, ordinances and bylaws that are ruled to be unconstitutional and/or violates existing law that wastes government resources and taxpayer money. They should be ordered to pay the same way citizens have to do for false alarms that erroneously sends out the fire department.
 

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The price tag of Bloomcunt fighting this in court is in the double digit millions.
 

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The judge will back right off when Bloomberg explains that he really really wants the ban.
 

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I hope he loses any appeals. He's a cunt.

I also hope the next mayor undoes some of the damage
he's done to midtown traffic with his horseshit.

Fuck you idiots for electing and reelecting and REELECTING this moron.
Hopefully Anthony Weiner can get in the race and get beyond the boner pics. He was totally anti-Bloomberg and even told him to his face that he'd rip out the bike lanes (which I think are more of a pressing issue and danger than the stupid pedestrian malls, which they should get rid of too).

Quinn isn't the answer. Hell, she was instrumental in getting Bloomberg his third term.

It's gotta be Weiner.