The New York City Board of Health was not overstepping its authority with the soda ban overturned by a New York Supreme Court judge today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference.
The ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces was supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, but New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling said in today’s decision the law is ”fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.”
Tingling added that the elected City Council, not the mayor-appointed Board of Health, has the authority to make such a law.
But Bloomberg framed the issue as a moral obligation.
“I’m trying to do what’s right,” he said. “I’m trying to defend my children, and you, and do what’s right.”
His responsibility to New Yorkers includes protecting their health, he insisted.
“This includes advising them when science says something they’re doing may be harmful to them or to their families,” he said.
Bloomberg also fired back against charges the law would limit New Yorkers’ ability to make their own choices, saying it simply requires them to think about whether they “really want” more than 16 ounces of a sugary drink. Sugary soda has been linked to obesity, which kills thousands of Americans every year, he added.
“It’s not enough to talk and not enough to hope,” he said. “We have a responsibility as human beings to do something.”
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Dictator Mayor Bloomberg upset Judge blocked soda ban.
and we finally get a clear view of how he views the people of NYC. He views them as his subjects that he must protect from themselves.