Garodnick and Mayor's Office Combine for Street Vendor Enforcement Action
Working with the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit and the East 86th Street Merchants and Residents Association, Council Member Garodnick recently helped coordinate a successful vendor enforcement action at multiple locations across the Upper East Side. Twenty-six summonses were written by inspectors from the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Health and by officers of the 19th Precinct. The effort was valuable not only in directly addressing an important concern in our neighborhood, but also as the City Council considers legislative solutions to vendor issues. "We need to do a better job enforcing street vendor rules because violations have a negative impact on our quality of life. The safety of pedestrians — not to mention the economic health of storefront businesses — depends on more open access to our sidewalks, and that requires enforcement of the law," Council Member Garodnick said.