Bill could double street vendor permits given out

A bill introduced in the New York City Council could double the number of street vendor permits doled out over seven years.

A bill introduced in the New York City Council could double the number of street vendor permits doled out over seven years. (11/18/16)

BROOKLYN - A bill introduced in the New York City Council could double the number of street vendor permits doled out over seven years.

But the bill does face some stiff opposition, most notably on the part of the restaurant industry, which is afraid more street vendors will mean less business for them.

Instead, the Hospitality Alliance says the focus should be on cracking down on the black market and stricter enforcement. However, the bill addresses those issues, and it calls for a dedicated vendor enforcement unit and street signs signaling legal vending.

The Committee on Consumer Affairs is still reviewing the bill and has to open it up to public testimony before taking a vote.

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