NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal yesterday's court decision to block his ban on large sugary drinks.
In a press conference after the ruling, Bloomberg said the it was "clearly in error," and said he won't give up. "We plan to appeal the sugary drinks decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the measure will ultimately be upheld" (http://bit.ly/Wj6Dws).
In his ruling yesterday, New York State judge Milton Tingling, called Bloomberg's ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces "arbitrary and capricious" just one day before it was to take effect.
Mayor Bloomberg was undeterred and vowed to appeal. "When we began this process, we knew we’d face lawsuits." He added, "When you adopt a groundbreaking policy, special interest will sue. That's America" (http://bit.ly/Wj6Dws).
Bloomberg first proposed the ban last May and would include any beverage that contains more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. Diet sodas, soft drinks sold in grocery stores and in most convenient stores or those that contain 70 percent or more fruit juice and beer are not included in the ban.
Under his rule, Bloomberg would have prohibited restaurants, delis, stadiums and arenas, concession stands and food carts from selling sugar-sweetened beverages in containers above 16 ounces. Banned beverages would have included soda, sweetened iced tea, some smoothies, coffee drinks and lemonade.
Since 2002, Mayor Bloomberg has banned smoking in restaurants, bars, beaches and public parks, forced restaurants to post calorie counts on menus, banned transfats from restaurants and salt shakers from restaurant tables. His latest move was to try to ban styrofoam packaging.
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