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Local Leaders Shame Bloomberg on Soda Ban

Ain't no sunshine when 20-ounce sugary drinks are gone.

This week, the , with one abstension, passed a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces in "food service establishments." 

The ban, which was certainly the has created controversy and near universal agreement among City Council members.

Forest Hills City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz called the ban a classic example of government overreach.

"While obesity is a serious epidemic in NYC, the amount of soda or the size we consume is a choice that should be left for the individual to decide using their own discretion," Koslowitz said. "This ban is a perfect example of too much government imposition into our personal lives.” 

City Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Bayside and a local Congressional candidate, has been strongly against the ban.

"The mayor has decided and his appointees have agreed: You are not fit to take care of yourself," Halloran said. "Government has to take care of you. This kind of arrogance is bad for the health of our democracy."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued repeatedly that the ban is a common sense measure that encourages healthy choices rather than restricting individual freedoms.

State Sen. Tony Avella, long an advocate of good government, disagrees and says the ban infringes too much on personal choice.

"I believe that this just goes too far," Avella said. "There are surely other ways to curb obesity rates in this city that do not involve infringing on an individual's personal choices. Today, the mayor is saying you can't have a big soda, what's next?"

Kirk Fowler September 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Completely un-American. Can one still buy cigarettes in NY? Hmm, I wonder which industry has deeper pockets?! I got an idea. How about we replace soda with large containers of alchohol and extra large cigarettes packages. No wait, I got it, only sell carrots.
Elaine Stahlheber September 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I am routinely shocked that people with the title of "councilwoman" are so amazingly uninformed about the degree to which these drinks promote obesity and the degree to which the very large Medicaid population in NYC is subject to a huge need for medical intervention which subjects the city to huge costs, both financial and human... and these "objections" do not speak to the issues!! No wonder we have these problems! Yikes? So if various drugs are illegal due to their ill effects on health then why not super sugary drinks? How interesting... And what is she saying about the Board of Health? That they are incompetent? So this is why the U.S. needs a better educational system... We have people in prominent positions unable to speak clearly to all elements of important policy measures! Let's see.. What year is this? 2012? or? 1885?
Rhea Gray September 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
The fact that government has no business regulating the size of drinks obscures the fact that the industry is predatory. When the Midway starts offering an appropriately-sized "small" child's drink (8 ounces) that I can buy as an occasional treat at the movies, I'll start feeling wailing, weeping and crying for them that they can't sell a week's worth of calories to grown men.
Debra September 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Bloomberg is on the march in lock step....his next ban will be on pasta, rice/beans, pork, beef, all of which can contribute to obesity and diabetes. How dare he infringe on the rights of NYC residents and vacationers to tell us what is good for our health. He really thinks he is a god doesn't he? Anyone on the DOH panel who voted for the soda ban on 16 oz or more sizes should be ashamed of themselves to sell out to this communist mayor we have. They should cover their faces and hang their heads in shame. How much extra pay were they promised to vote for the ban? Or what else were they promised by the mayor in order to get a 99% vote. Kudos to the person who abstened from voting. At least there was 1 person who had some backbone. They were or will probably be fired by the mayor. This man needs to be impeached. He is more arrogant every day and gets more obnoxious every day!!! Bloomberg should pay more attention to all the shootings and murders and robberies taking place in the past year here in NYC than to consume his thoughts and actions with banning soda!!!! Get to work on issues which effect the safety of the citizens of NY Mr. Hitler, I mean Bloomberg!!! We can take care of our own health, thank you very much!!!
Matthew Hampton (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Ok, I understand that this ban hits a nerve for many people, but I think we can all make salient points without anyone being called Hitler.

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