Bassett said in an email that the heaviest burden
of obesity and
diabetes falls on low-income black and Latino communities
, which she
said the beverage industry targets with pervasive marketing."
10/15/14, "Forward Push on Soda Ban
," Wall St. Journal, "De Blasio Administration Considers New Ways to Cap Size of Sugary Drinks." Michael Howard Saul
Bill de Blasio
’s administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of
large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings
closed doors with health advocates and beverage industry executives.
Mr. de Blasio has yet to sign off on a new approach.
commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and
deputy mayor for health and human services, have held meetings with advocates on both sides of the issue.
meetings have included officials from the American Beverage
Association, a national trade organization that successfully spearheaded
the lawsuit that stopped Mr. Bloomberg’s ban, as well as executives
from the nation’s leading beverage companies, including the
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
“We don’t think that
discriminatory policies against our products are the way to go to
address obesity or any health issues,” said
a spokesman for the American Beverage Association. He confirmed
the meetings with the administration.
Gindlesperger said the industry hopes to work collaboratively with the
de Blasio administration “to figure out what’s the best way to help New
Yorkers cut their calories
.” He described the industry’s relationship
with Mr. Bloomberg’s administration as “toxic”; he characterized the
handful of meetings with the de Blasio administration as “cordial and
Gindlesperger said the industry is eager to speak with the mayor and
his aides about a plan for the city, using that agreement as the
Officials from the soda companies declined to comment, referring questions to Mr. Gindlesperger.
That power falls to the City Council, the courts said.
Mr. de Blasio said last year he would pursue legislation if the state’s
highest court agreed the council was the proper body to impose such
regulations, the administration has been wary of introducing a bill.
A majority of council members, including Speaker
voiced opposition to the Bloomberg-backed regulations.
a Manhattan Democrat and chairman of the council’s Committee on
Health, said he opposed Mr. Bloomberg’s ban largely because of
jurisdictional reasons. He said the regulations should be approved by
the council, not the Board of Health.
Mr. Johnson said he welcomes a new proposal from Mr. de Blasio.
“I am completely open to looking at a fair and healthy way” to regulate sugary beverages citywide, he said.
Others would take some convincing.
Ms. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor, but a spokesman said her position hasn’t changed. “She supports approaches that are less punitive on small business and focus on education,” her spokesman said.
who served as health commissioner under Mr. Bloomberg and was a
chief architect of the plan that collapsed, urged Mr. de Blasio to
follow through on his pledge to advance drink-size regulations in the
council and try to persuade council members.
soda companies hated [the ban]. They lobbied hard against it, and they
reached a lot of council members. So, it would not be an easy thing to
pass,” Dr. Farley said.
Still, he said, “it would be good if he tried to persuade folks.”
Farley said the council could approve regulations that are broader than
the original Bloomberg proposal. The council could eliminate some of
the loopholes, he said, and apply the regulations “to any food that’s
sold for immediate consumption” in the city.