Judge Blocks Soda Limits, New Yorkers Can Drink All The Soda They Want, For Now

Today was supposed to be New York City’s official day living under the sugary drink ban Mayor Bloomberg tried to impose. Many residents and business owners now owe Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. a Big Gulp. Justice Tingling blocked Bloomberg’s ban on sodas citing the ban to be “arbitrary and capricious.”  Tingling also noted that the laws weren’t fair or balanced because it didn’t apply to all sugary beverages. Although sodas were targeted, other beverages like milkshakes were left out.  And what about those Venti or Trenta-sized Starbuck drinks? I’m quite certain they’re filled with sugar, too. The judge also noted that the law would only be enforced in certain businesses, like restaurants and delis, but left out stores and bodegas.

But Bloomberg doesn’t have time for that. With his term coming to an end soon, this is the one law that he would like to see passed, so he’s planning on appealing the judge’s decision.

“I’ve got to defend my children and yours, and do what’s right to save lives,” the mayor said. “Obesity kills. There’s no question it kills.”

He added, “We believe that the judge’s decision was clearly in error, and we believe we will win on appeal.”

How old are Bloomberg’s children?  Isn’t he like 80?

 Bloomberg is 71, and his children were born in 1979 and 1983, making them both adults, adults that should be able to decide for themselves if they want to down a Big Gulp or not.

Throughout his term, Bloomberg has been criticized for taking on a nanny role in conjunction with being a mayor. Justice Tingling expressed similar sentiments, referring to Bloomberg’s efforts to “create an administrative Leviathan.”

Christopher Gindlesperger, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, said that the court decision “provides a sigh of relief.”

“With this ruling behind us, we look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people of New York City.”

Still, Bloomberg might never see his law passed because the appeals process could be a lengthy one. So until then, New Yorkers, you are free to drink soda and be merry.  

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  • And the word is Bloomberg has ideas for running for President, that is scary.

  • Marisa

    I live in this city and we have had with Bloomberg tyranny when its not even called for. This soda ban hits the small businesses not the big ones because as usual big business matters than the small ones. They care so much about obesity then how come he didn’t say jack when every the minority neighborhoods have more fast food joints than healthier grocery stores that are affordable. Ooh 20 ounce and above sodas in the bowling alley and pizza shops are bad but, fast food and take out joints all around no problem. Also were is this hard push to ban the most dangerous of them all the cigarettes all he did was make smokers go outside to smoke. Bloomy and bunch are getting too many funds from the cancer sticks and its perfectly ok for people to have those as free choice but, not the sodas hypocrite. He better stick to those battles over illegal guns cant wait til his time is done.

  • E.M.S.

    Bloomberg is focusing on trivial things in the name of greater causes and it’s just a mess. It’s more of an attack on personal freedoms than it is on anything else.

  • BoutDatLove

    In the words of Eddie Griffin, ”What is up wit cho eye” His eyeball looks photoshopped and I couldn’t even get through the article after seeing it.

  • The Other Jess

    Are his eyes really that cocked??? I’m sorry, I know that’s ignorant, but i couldn’t help but stare.