Saying he was “forcing you to understand” the health implications involved in sugary drink consumption nearly a year ago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was clearly looking forward to the coming implementation of his ban on such drinks over 16 oz.
That excitement built with each passing day, as Bloomberg awaited the day his law would finally take effect – Tuesday, March 12th.
The excitement fizzled out in a hurry today though…
A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration from banning New York City restaurants and other venues from selling large sugary drinks, a major defeat for the mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure at City Hall.
The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided Monday.
The regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” the judge wrote. “The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule.”
Will this decision “force” the mayor to “understand” that he has overstepped his bounds?