From The New York Times:
To the Editor:
Re “New York’s Moveable Feast Might Grow Even Larger” (news article, Oct. 11):
You report that the City Council is considering legislation — sponsored by Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker, and several other council members — “that would gradually double the number of food vendor permits issued over the course of seven years, making it possible for 600 more street vendors to begin legally selling food each year.”
As representatives of supermarkets and bodegas in New York City, we are concerned that the lifting of the cap on the number of food vendors will not be accompanied by adequate protections for brick and mortar businesses that are essential for the health and economic vitality of the over 200 local shopping districts in the city.
The current proposed peddler law includes a dedicated enforcement unit — but the enforcement must include a rational restriction on vendor locations as they pertain to supermarkets, greengrocers and healthy bodegas. Any law without such restrictions would blatantly ignore the needs of food retailers and New Yorkers who rely on them for providing healthy food options.
DAVID M. SCHWARTZ
Garden City, N.Y.
Mr. Schwartz is a lawyer who represents the New York Association of Grocery Stores. Mr. Murphy is president of the Bodega Association of the United States.
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