Brooklyn Businesses Speak Out Against Sugary Drink Ban
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Business owners in Brooklyn are speaking out about how Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks could affect them.
City Councilwoman Letitia James and representatives from a group opposing the ban visited several stores Tuesday to get their take.
The mayor wants to stop city restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
Critics said the plan takes away choices and could end up costing people more money.
“They give us no chance to serve community in the proper way," said Salvatore Fundiro, the manager of Brooklyn Pizza. "Like, a family with kids, I mean four or five kids, they come and eat. And to take those two liters away I think is something amazing.”
“I just thought about fundamental fairness, I thought about personal freedoms and I thought about how arbitrary and capricious this ban is,” said Councilwoman Letitia James.
Members of the community will get a chance to voice their views on the proposed ban at a public hearing scheduled for July 24.